On Friday, November 11, the nation will observe Veterans Day. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of the country, and
commitment to serve and sacrifice for the common good of the USA.
Did you know Veterans Day dates back to November 11, 1918 when the Germans
signed the Armistice, an order to cease-fire, and World War I ended? Originally, Veterans Day was known as “Armistice Day,” but the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1953, so that all military veterans could be honored and acknowledged.
One of the most recognized Veterans Day ceremonies is held at Arlington National
Cemetery, which draws hundreds, if not thousands of visitors. This ceremony is held on November 11th at exactly 11:00 am. At that time, a military color guard honors America’s war dead at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Tomb of the Unknowns is a shrine honoring the many thousands of veterans who gave their lives in defense of our nation.
As powerful as the National Ceremony is, you don’t have to travel to the nation’s capital to take part in a ceremony. Each year, the Veterans Day National Committee selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country–from parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes. To learn more and find a ceremony near you, visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website for a listing of regional information.
In addition, you can also dedicate some family time to learning more about Veterans Day and the military heroes it honors. You can find a number of resources online, including the official history of Veterans Day and a teacher’s guide that includes information, activities, and even coloring book pages for kids.
As we pause and pay tribute to America’s veterans, we must honor them with our
gratitude, knowing that they served and sacrificed to protect and preserve the values of this great nation…and continue to do so today. May we never forget their strength, courage, and profound willingness to stand up and defend our way of life.
I hope this important holiday finds you and your family well.