Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday Teachings

Today is Veterans Day and so I thought I'd do a little research on this National Holiday to better know what we are celebrating and to be able to pass some of this information along to my girls so they too realize how blessed we are to live in a country with so many freedoms.
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day and it was to commemorate the ending of the first World War. Armistice Day, "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'.", became a legal holiday in 1938. In 1954 this was replaced with a new bill and a new name. Under this new name, Veterans Day, all veterans from all wars would be remembered - not just those from World War I.
I often get confused what the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day is. Memorial Day is a day set aside for remembering and honoring those that died in service to their country. Veterans Day on the other hand is for remembering and honoring ALL that served their country.
So today as we go about our daily lives, remember those that have served and who are still serving to ensure all the freedoms that we enjoy today.

I looked at this article and this web page to get more information about Veterans Day. They are worth checking out!

1 comment:

Jane Anne said...

This is great info! It can be really confusing. I tend to forget that Veteran's Day is to honor all that served and not just the people that served in a war. After all, they are all military veterans. Thanks for sharing all of this.