Daisy discovers the true meaning of Veterans Day
This is my tiny flag. It might seem small, but actually it is just my size. Can you guess why I brought out my little American flag? I am getting ready for Veterans Day which is on November 11th! Sometimes holidays can be a little bit confusing. Even though most of you probably already know all about Veterans Day, I wanted to share some things I have learned about the holiday.
- Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who gave their lives while serving our country, Veterans Day is to recognize and celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, alive and deceased, whether they served in war or in peacetime.
- This holiday was originally called Armistice Day, and commemorated the signing of the armistice which ended World War I on 11/11/18. Did you know that the agreement was actually signed at 11:00 am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month?
- The original intention of this day was to allow us to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who served in the military during World War I. Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954 in order to include all veterans who served in the U.S. military.
- Other countries celebrate Armistice Day or Remembrance Day on this date.
What can you do on Veterans Day? It is a state and federal holiday! I think it’s a good day to do some shopping, watch a parade, or proudly display your American flag. I’ll bet a veteran would love it if you asked to talk to them about their service! Most importantly, take a moment to thank a veteran for their service to our country and shake his or her hand.