Veterans Day is an annual observance that takes place on November 11. It’s a day that pays tribute to all American veterans, but especially living veterans who serve or have served America honorably during war or peacetime. The date is significant because it marked the end of World War 1, November 11, 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954.
In 1968, Congress passed a bill called the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October, but in 1975, President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, as this day has important significance.
Veterans Day has a rich history of celebrating sacrifice and sense of duty to our nation. The men and women who put on the uniform come from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and walks of life. Some who enlist in our armed forces do so because it’s in their family lineage, some enlist to escape their personal situations, some enlist because national pride burns within them. The reason why people serve varies, but they all share one thing in common—a passion to protect American soil and the people that walk on it.
The beauty of our veterans is their diversity and unity. There are about 2 million women veterans alive today in America, 16.1 million living veterans have served during at least one war, and 6 million veterans living in America have served in peacetime.
Veterans Day is a day in America that helps us remember the sacrifices, bravery, and commitment of our nation’s veterans. It’s a day that brings America together through patriotism. And it could be a day that, years from now, us Sports Moms, beam with pride as we honor our very own children.
We don’t know the path our children will take, but teaching them about Veterans Day and its significance to our nation can leave a lasting impact that they’ll carry with them throughout all of their endeavors.