When is Veterans Day 2023: Observing the Holiday and More
Veterans Day is a federal holiday honoring all service members, celebrated annually on November 11.
Veterans Day is approaching, and it's important to understand the significance of this holiday. Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th, regardless of which day of the week it falls on. It is a day to honor all service members who have dedicated their lives to serving their country.
The history of Veterans Day dates back to World War I. The war officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, the fighting had actually ceased seven months earlier, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This date, November 11, 1918, was considered the end of "the war to end all wars," and was initially called Armistice Day.
In 1926, Congress officially recognized November 11th as the end of World War I and declared it a holiday to honor veterans of that war. Over time, the meaning of the holiday expanded to include all veterans, and in 1954, Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday, and when it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, businesses and government officials may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday. Schools typically have the day off, but whether or not companies observe the day as a company holiday is a business decision.
It's important to note the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. While both holidays honor those who have served in the military, Memorial Day specifically commemorates those who have died while serving their country. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all service members, both living and deceased, for their sacrifices.
On Veterans Day, communities come together to celebrate and honor service members. Many towns hold Veterans Day parades and other celebrations. The Veterans Day National Ceremony takes place at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, where a wreath is laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony includes a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
It's not just the United States that celebrates Veterans Day. Canada and Australia also observe this holiday, known as Remembrance Day in Canada and Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in Australia. These countries have similar celebrations, with citizens wearing red poppy flowers to honor fallen soldiers.
The poppy flower has become a symbol of war remembrance and veteran support. It originated from a poem written by World War I Col. John McCrae called "In Flanders Fields." The poem inspired the sale of artificial poppies to help those affected by the war, and the poppy later became the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On Veterans Day, it's important to greet and show appreciation to veterans. You can greet a veteran by wishing them "Happy Veterans Day" or simply saying, "Thank you for your service." It's a small gesture that can mean a lot to those who have served their country.
In conclusion, Veterans Day is a day to honor and celebrate all service members who have dedicated their lives to serving their country. It is a federal holiday observed on November 11th and is a time for communities to come together and show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by veterans. So, this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank a veteran and remember the importance of their service.