Last Updated on July 10, 2021
When we are talking about the most popular holidays in the U.S then Veterans Day federal holiday is one of them. It is a known fact that Veterans Day is observed on November 11th each year with full honor and gratitude.
It is basically dedicated to the brave soldiers who had risked their lives for our freedom and protection. This day is celebrated to dignify and honor the Veterans who did not care about their lives but ours. The serving U.S Military persons are applauded and those who are living, the ones who died in the war we celebrate Memorial Day for them.
Let’s say if the day falls on Sunday or Saturday, it will be celebrated on the adjacent Monday or Friday. All the federal offices and the schools remain closed on this day. You should have a look at the below-stated facts about Veterans Day federal holiday so that you can add more to your information and knowledge.
It was previously known as Armistice Day and later it was changed to Veterans Day. Many countries celebrate it as Remembrance Day except Mozambique. Some of the countries also celebrate Anzac Day. All of these celebrations are done on November 11th each year.
After World War I this day was celebrated as Armistice Day in order to honor the brave soldiers who fought and died for the people of the nation. After that, there was a Veteran named Raymond Weeks who suggested that we should not only celebrate this day for the people who died fighting, but also for the people who are serving the military and who are retired from it. As a result, this day was converted from Armistice Day to Veterans Day officially on the 26th of May, 1954.
Later on, Raymond was awarded PCM (Presidential Citizenship Medal) from Reagan in 1982. He celebrated Veterans Day for more than 35 years before his death. He died in 1985 after honoring all the Veterans and their sacrifices throughout his life.
You might not know that this day was not always celebrated on this date. By the year 1971, it was celebrated on the last Monday of October month. This fact can create a log of confusion that why it is being celebrated on this day. Then, later in 1978, it was celebrated on the actual day that was the 11th of November each year.
There was an award that was introduced after this day was converted from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. This award is known as the National Veterans Award that is given to all the deserving Veterans that day.
As far as the first National Veterans is concerned then it was given to the Congressman Ed Rees of Kansas. He got this award because he contributed towards making this day a federal holiday so he deserved this award.
Now the most interesting fact is that Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine are just a day away. See, as the Birthday is on 10th November and the Veterans Day is on the 11th of November.
Happy Veterans Day
All the people of the United States say to each other happy Veterans Day on its celebration. The United States celebrates this day 0n 11th November. That’s why the people of America are very excited about it.
Furthermore, all the patriots are busy in the preparation of the Veterans Day celebration. They celebrate this great day according to their wishes. Some people use social media apps on this day like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WhatsApp, etc.
Additionally, they share the history and importance of this day on social media apps to tell the other people of the world about this day. They use social media apps to say happy Veterans Day to people who live away.
As I stated earlier, it is a federal holiday. So, all the institutions are closed on this day, but the schools, colleges, and universities are open. The reason is that teachers and students arrange a party or program in the school. And, in this program, teachers describe the history and importance of this day that the students can understand it well.
Moreover, many American people meet the soldiers on this day and say thanks to them. People also say thanks to the families of the soldiers. Some patriotic give gifts to the soldiers to appreciate them.
And, they also make sweet dishes for the soldiers and give them as a gift. If you live near any soldiers, then you should even meet him and ask about his job. You should say happy Veterans Day to soldiers and other people. Moreover, you should also honor the veterans who died in the war.
I hope that you have got enough information about that Veterans Day federal holiday. If you understand that you have to need more information, then write your question in the comment section. I will provide you the information related to your question as soon as possible.
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John is a Historian lover passionated about the moments that happen in the past. His mission is to share the past knowledge to those who have little idea. Moreover, he created a website to share the importance of Veterans Day (November 11) and tribute to national heroes who sacrifice their life for the motherland.