“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.”
- President Woodrow Wilson, 1919
Veterans Day is a well known holiday that allows Americans to celebrate and honor all of the brave men and women who have served in the military during wartime and peacetime. However, there are a few misconceptions that we’d like to clear up and maybe even share some new knowledge along the way!
1. It Was Originally Called Armistice Day
World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 at the Palace of Versailles; however, all fighting ceased 7 months earlier when the allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on November 11, 1928 and was therefore named, Armistice Day.
In 1938 Congress officially recognized it as “the war to end all wars” and it was set to honor all veterans who served in WWI. It wasn’t until WWII happened, that it was changed and congress amended the word Armistice to Veterans, so that all veterans of any war would be honored.
2. Veterans Day And Memorial Day Are Not The Same
Although it can be a little confusing, the two holidays do serve different purposes. Memorial Day is a day to remember all the lives that were lost while serving our country, specifically the men and women who gave their lives in battle or suffered wounds in battle.
Veterans Day on the other hand, is a day to honor ALL those who served our country, those who have passed and the veterans still alive today.
3. Veterans Day Was Changed To October In The 70’s
In 1971 the Uniform Holiday’s Bill went into effect to change Veterans Day from November 11th to the 4th Monday in October. As you can imagine, this caused some confusion to many American’s and states were unhappy with the change.
Four years later, President Ford changed the holiday back to its original date due to the historical importance and patriotic significance of November 11th.
4. Other Countries Celebrate Veterans Day Too
Since this all originated around WWI, it makes sense that other countries recognize November 11th too. Canada and Australia refer to it as “Remembrance Day” and while Canada observes much like the U.S. does, they also wear red poppy flowers to remember the fallen. Australia treats it similar to our Memorial Day.
Great Britain also refers to the holiday as “Remembrance Day”, but instead of November 11th, they observe it on the nearest Sunday and the day is filled with parades, services, and 2 minutes of silence to honor all those who have fallen in battle.
Best Flags To Honor Our Soldiers
We are so thankful and proud to stand behind all of the men and women who have served our great country. These flags are a great way to support your loved ones.