“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” (G.K. Chesterton)

The United States of America appreciates those who have served and are currently serving in the military. The U.S. has observed Veterans Day since 1919. An armistice ending World War I took effect on November 11, 1919, and President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day.

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" ~President Wilson

In 1954, it was approved to replace the word "armistice" with "veteran," and President Eisenhower produced the first Veterans Day proclamation that year.

How do we observe Veterans Day?

Check what is offered in your community. Many towns and cities hold an annual parade honoring Veterans. Your local Veteran Affairs branch may have ways for you to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of Veterans.

Regardless of what is offered in your community, be sure to find ways to thank a Veteran.

What is the difference between the various holidays honoring the military?

  • Armed Forces Day honors those who are serving or have served in the military.
  • Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives while serving in the military.
  • Veterans Day honors those, living or deceased, who served in the military in the past.

How do you plan to observe Veterans Day this year? Tell us in the comments below.