Veterans Day Celebration News Article for Kids
November 11, 2022 is Veterans Day. The federal the holiday honors the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. This includes anyone who served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Both honor the American army. But they serve different purposes. Remembrance Day commemorates American soldiers who died in war. Veterans Day Celebrates All American Servicemen Veterans.
US President Woodrow Wilson established Armistice Day—as it was then called—November 11, 1919. It was a day for honor First World War soldiers. The date marked the first anniversary of November 11, 1918, cease fire Agreement or armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany. This led to the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the war on June 28, 1919. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include soldiers who fought in World War II (1939 – 1945) and the Korean War (1950 – 1953).
Veterans Day continued to be observed on November 11 until the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968. The law was passed to allow Americans to enjoy three-day weekends. It changed the dates of four federal holidays to one predetermined Monday. They include Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. This bill moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. But due to date history importancemany states continued to observe Veterans Day on November 11.
On September 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford ended the confusion by changing Veterans Day to its original Date. The law came into force in 1978. Since then, the holiday has always been celebrated on November 11. Many other countries have also honor their soldiers on November 11. France and New Zealand still call this holiday Armistice Day. The UK, Australia and Canada call it Remembrance Day. Malta and South Africa celebrate it as Poppy Day.
There are many ways to enjoy the brave American servicemen on this special day. Participate in your city or town’s Veterans Day Parade. Invite veterans in your family or piece for a meal and learn about their experiences. You can also deliver nearby food and supplies veteran center. Better yet, spend time reading or chatting with soldiers too old or injured to leave their homes.
Happy Veterans Day!
Resources: History.com, VA.gov