We’re not doing a “sale” like so many do to increase their bottom line. What do mattresses, cars and furniture sales have to do with the meaning of Veterans Day? Instead each year we post this reminder about the History of Veterans Day and how we can help by donating to some great charities. Read on… (then please share).
The History of Veterans Day
At the 11th hour or the 11th day of November — the 11th month — of 1918, cessation of military hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany marked the end of World War I. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first celebration of Armistice Day, which became a legal federal holiday to honor those living and dead who fought in the Great War.
How Armistice Day Became Veterans Day
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the June 1, 1954, law that struck the word “Armistice” and substituted “Veterans,” and from that day forward, November 11th honors veterans of all U.S. wars. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which placed the then four main national holidays — Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Columbus Day on Mondays to ensure three-day federal holidays and encourage tourism and travel.
Veterans Day Made Immovable
Veterans Day was to be celebrated as the fourth Monday in October, but many states insisted that the celebration remain November 11th, because of its historical significance. President Ford signed a new law and returned the celebration of Veterans Day to November 11th starting in 1978.
Our Allies Also Celebrate
Canada, Great Britain, France and Australia also honor their veterans of World War I and World War II on or around November 11th. Our Canadian and British friends celebrate it as Remembrance Day. It is customary for them to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m.
Not to be Confused with Memorial Day
Even though there is an official wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknowns, don’t confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stresses that Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) is set aside to honor Americans who died during battle. On the other hand, Veterans Day pays tribute to all Americans — living or dead — who served their country honorably during peace or wartime.
America honors its Living Veterans as Never Before
In the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict, veterans experienced treatment that ranged from indifference to outright disdain from a public that did not support a war in far off Asia with a less-than-clear relationship to our national security.
Long story short, that has all turned around and veterans are treated with respect. Americans appreciate their volunteer servicemen and women and are grateful for the personal sacrifices these fine young people make in a most honorable profession: the military services.
Observe Your Own Two minutes of Silence
Now that the world seems even so much more dangerous with our guys and gals currently and actively in harm’s way, why not set your alarm for 11 a.m. on November 11th and offer a prayer of gratitude and hope for the safety of every man and woman who serve our flag with dedication and unselfishness.
Judi and I want to personally thank all our military customers for all you do. For fighting for freedom against the odds. For sacrificing when there are times that you may question if your efforts are appreciated. Know they are. Know there are Patriots throughout our great Nation who appreciate you and thank you, and your Family, for your service. Of this you can have no doubt!
Being so many of our customers are from Military backgrounds and families, we wanted to do something that benefits our Veterans directly. What we do each year is donate $1.00 to charity for every item purchased from our Military and Service Medal Bracelets Category on Veterans Day, November 11th. What a better way to celebrate Veterans Day than by donating to the groups that help Veterans?
We make donations each year on 11/11 to each of the above — can you do the same?
We also donate proceeds to the above orgs from our two Charity bracelets throughout the year:
and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations
to our Veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so
that we can live free.”
– Dan Lipinski
At *your* service,
P.S. Here’s my article on how you Can Support Our Troops. Thanks as always for your patronage and support!