Veterans Day in the United States – November 11
Veterans Day is to honor people who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is an official United States federal holiday. Veterans Day is observed on November 11.
November 11, 1918 at the 11 hour a.m. is regarded as the end of World War I. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/index.asp
Ceremonies and parades across the United Sates show gratitude to almost 22 million living Americans who served in uniform. Many businesses host a veterans day sale and many restaurants across the country serve free food to any veteran.
Veterans Day Postcards has been a long time favorite to send to comrades, family and friends who served in the armed forces. Use our Postcard Plus App to create a real postcard with your photos and send it to your family and friends. A real Postcard will always be more valuable and memorable then a pic posted online.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, also a federal holiday in the United States. Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May. Remembering the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.