Do You Know the History of Veterans Day? AMERiders is happy to give you all the information about this wonderful day of honor and remembrance. On Veterans Day, Americans honor the bravery of all United States military service members. The very day that we celebrate is important, buy why is it so important? Most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ask anyone see if they can tell you other than it is to Honor our veterans or the United States military service members. We at AMERiders wanted to inform our brothers and sisters and those that didn’t know the History behind this day of honor and remembrance by finding out just what is the History of Veterans Day and why we commemorate our Veterans on Nov.11?
Just a brief history of History of Veterans Day.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Allies signed the Armistice which ended the Great War, as World War One was then called. In 1919, the first anniversary became a day to celebrate the veterans who fought for the Allied cause. Two minutes of silence, marked by stopping all work from 11 AM until 11:02 AM , became a popular way to celebrate. The two minutes of silence was supplemented by parades and speeches where the American flag is prominent.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th to be Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. In 1926 Congress passed a resolution for Calvin Coolidge to also proclaim Armistice Day on November 11th. In 1938 it became a national holiday dedicated to world peace.
Furthermore, In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
Celebrating the Veterans Day
If the Nov. 11 holiday falls on a non-workday — Saturday or Sunday — the holiday is observed by the federal government on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).
The difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day
As we stated earlier most Americans confuse this Veterans Day with Memorial Day, so what is the difference? Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime.
So there you have it,
The History of Veterans Day , and the interesting facts that go with it. AMERiders believes in its Veterans and its United States military service members and this year we are Showing our respect and honor with a Veterans Day Discount storewide. If you order $20 or more you will receive a 20% storewide discount from November 11th-13th, 2016 if the code Freedom is used. (Please note that this code will not be available for use until the 11th and will not work after the 13th.
For your unselfish efforts…
For serving our country selflessly…
We salute YOU!
Happy Veterans Day!
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