The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment. ~Judd Gregg
To our military veterans….Thank you for your service.
We celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th every year to thank and to honor those who protect our freedoms. Not to be mistaken with Memorial Day that gives thanks our ancestors and those who lost their lives fighting for freedom.
Why November 11th?
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is what makes November 11th Veterans Day. This day is the official anniversary of the signing of the armistice (first steps to a peace treaty) that ended the fighting between the Allied nations (many European Countries and the United States) and Germany to officially put an end to World War I in 1918.
2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I.
Veterans Day isn’t just a holiday for the United States. Remembrance Day is also celebrated on November 11th by many European countries.
What’s the Story Behind Red Poppies?
On Veterans or Remembrance Day, you might see people selling or wearing a red poppy.
The red poppy has become a symbol of remembrance after Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write the poem called ‘In Flanders Fields‘.
The poppy became the symbol of Remembrance in 1915 and actually has its own holiday on May 25th and is managed by the American Legion.
However you spend Veterans Day, be sure to thank the veterans in your life for the service and sacrifices they made.