4 Facts about the Veterans Day
Veterans Day is a bittersweet holiday. On the one hand, it is important to honor the living heroes who have contributed so much to protecting our life and freedom. On the other hand, it will always be a day of remembrance of those who have fallen. Here are several facts about the Veterans Day that might help people appreciate it more.
- This holiday was first created after the end of World War I. It was called the Armistice Day and was considered a national holiday since 1938. However, after the Second World War, the name no longer made sense, so they’ve changed it in order to honor all vets.
- The Congress tried to change the date in the 60’s. However, too many people were personally involved and appreciated the significance of the 11th of November. Therefore, the date has been changed back just ten years later.
- The Tomb of the Unknowns is where most of the official ceremonies take place on the Veterans Day. The 3d U.S. Infantry is responsible for keeping round-the-clock vigil to honor all the Americans who’ve ever lost their lives for their country.
- It is customary for a guard that is representative of all military branches to present arms next to the tomb. A presidential wreath is laid while Taps is performing in the background.
Even if your family has no members or predecessors who have fought in wars, it is advisable to take part in festivities in order to show your support and appreciation.