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Remember Our Veterans On November 11th

Updated on January 31, 2016

A Brief History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, was once known as Armistice Day, and was set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'"

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress at the urging of the veterans service organizations singed the Act of 1938 by taking out the word "Armistice" and replacing it with the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars, and Veterans Day was born.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.

 

My dad would always go out on Veterans Day morning to sell poppy flowers to show support for all the veterans has well as represent his American Legion Post. Buying a poppy flower which are made by disabled war veterans helps veterans in your city or town.


The poppy flower became a symbol with veterans because of the famous poem "In Flanders Fields," written by John McCrae in 1915. In it he described the graves of soldiers among the fields of poppies:
In 1915 an American named Moina Michael was so inspired by this poem that she not only wore a poppy flower, but also did sell red poppies on Memorial Day to benefit servicemen who were in need. The poppy flower has now became a symbol of honor and remembrance for servicemen who died in all wars, and the poppy flower is now associated with Veteran's Day as well as Memorial Day.

 

Other countries have similar observances involving poppies on Nov. 11, Canadians wear red poppies on this day, and in Great Britain, wreaths of poppies are laid at a London war memorial.

Always support and remember your local veterans because they are the ones that are responsible for keeping your  country’s freedom that you and I enjoy, and many lost their life to keep that freedom for us. Wear a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.

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Veterans Day is always observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is always held on Veterans Day itself, even if the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.Like any other federal holidays, when it falls on a non-workday Saturday or Sunday the federal government employees take the day off on Monday or Friday, whichever the case may be.

This federal law does not apply to state or local governments. They are free to chose to close local government buildings (including school) locally. As such, there is no legal requirement that schools close of Veterans Day, and some may not. But most schools may hold a Veterans Day activities on Veterans Day to honor all American veterans.


Some Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor military personnel who died in battle, but it is not Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America's war dead.

Veterans Day honors all American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank those veterans still alive for dedicated service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we make sure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free. So if you have the chance thank a veteran for the freedom you enjoy today.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi moonlake nice to see you, nice to hear that you have enjoyed reading this article.

      Thanks so much for your vote up and awesome ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Vote up and awesome. Enjoyed your hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi torrilynn nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this article about veterans day . Thanks so much for your vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi dwachira nice to see you, yes i do agree with you we have to remember these men and woman who fought and gave their life for our freedom. Thanks so much for your voted up, useful and shared ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi kashmir56,

      Thanks for this wonderful hub and

      Great information on how to remember our

      veterans. Thanks again and voted up.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi kashmir56,

      I don't think there is a nation without freedom veterans and it is always good to remember these heroes and heroines for the sacrifice and the role they played. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi hockey8mn nice to see you, yes you are right and i think sometimes we take these holidays for granted and has you said forget what they mean. Thanks so much for your vote up and awesome ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      hockey8mn 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      What a great bit of history. It is funny (and sad) how so many things get lost in history. I didn't know about the poppy flowers. Sometimes people are too quick to forget why holidays are celebrated. Thank you for sharing this information with us all. Voted up and awesome.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Seeker7 nice to see you, you can call me Tom if you would like to Helen. Glad you have read and enjoyed this hub's information and do agree that these men and woman need to be honored for their service to their country . Thanks so much for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi K56 - or is it ok to call you Tom? (I'm Helen or Seeker7 whatever one you prefer).

      I knew a little of the history of Veteran's Day, but the gaps have been filled in by this wonderful tribute!! I also agree, these men and women cleared the way for us to have the life we do now and we should honour them. I don't honestly care what country they came from either, I give honour, love and respect to all who fought for the right to live a free life!

      Wondeful hub + voted up + shared!!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Deerwhisperer nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this hub and found out about the poppy flowers, Awesome ! Thanks so much for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Brenda Krupnow 4 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

      I knew the history of Veteran's Day (well sort of), but I didn't know about the Poppy flower. I love Poppies, especially the red ones. Delightful hub. I voted up and shared.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Keith Matyi nice to see you, and i thank you for your service to this country and help keeping it free and safe . I will keep all veterans in my prayers and heart everyday ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy nice to see you, yes you are right we owe our veterans more than one day a year to honor them, yes it should be year round i agree . Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Keith Matyi 4 years ago from Denton, TX

      From one veteran to another, please remember this day in your heart.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is nice that we honor our veterans on November 11th each year but they deserve year round support as well. Thanks for your service to country! Up votes and will share.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi RTalloni nice to see you, Yes that day is coming up soon again and we all must be grateful to all the men and woman who served their country for our freedom. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Veterans Day and reminding us to show our gratitude to those who served our country.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Angela nice to see you,yes it is so important to remember these men and woman that fought and gave their lives for our freedom, please thank your son for me and i am happy to hear he has returned home safe. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      My son recently returned from afganistan so this article is fitting. Thanks so much for reminding people about the importance of reminding us to remember our veterans.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi stars nice you, glad you liked this hub. My dad was in the Korean War and after he retired after years of working he would march in all the parades to support veterans like him who fought in wars to keep our freedom. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub. I always give something for the veterans. My father was a World War 2 Disabled Veteran. God Bless You, and you're loved ones , and everyone in you're family thatwere veterans, and family members of veterans. The wars are hard on all involved. God Bless You, and all protectors of our country. GBY Precious Friend.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi angie nice to see you, thanks for your nice comment and to for stopping by !

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      angie ashbourne 6 years ago

      Hi! Good Hub.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you thougtforce, we owe a lot to these men and woman who fight for our freedom.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Interesting to read about the history behind! All veterans should bee honored and remebered! You did a great hub!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Carrie, I'm glad they changed the name and also that they changed the date back to Nov.11.

      I will be wearing my poppy Thursday!

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Hello Tom, a wonderful hub you have posted for the veterans.

      I had forgotten that at one time it was called Armistice day. I proudly wear my poppy.