On Nov. 11, 1919, Veteran’s Day was originally named “Armistice Day” to celebrate the year after World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for it to become an annual observance. 12 years later, November 11 became a national holiday. It was President Dwight D. Eisenhower who officially changed the name of the holiday to Veterans’ Day.
It is far more important than the long weekend we associate it to be. We celebrate Veteran’s Day to pay tribute to the living veterans who have served our country in war and in peacetime. As what the day proclaims, let us reflect on the sacrifices of the members of the military and their patriotic service to the country.
How do you celebrate Veterans’ Day at your own home? Here are a few suggestions.
Prepare A Care Package- Make a care package for someone you know who is deployed. Pack it with personal items like high-quality body wash, lip balm (the desert can be pretty arid), and pain-relieving topical cream. If you don’t closely know anyone deployed, you can reach Blue Star Mothers of America. They can arrange your care package to reach our soldiers wherever they are in the world.
Throw a Party For a Family of a Veteran You Know- If you know a family who has a loved one deployed ( or someone in the Military or Navy), bring them some cheer by throwing a “thank you” party for them. It can be intimate. Or, it can be big! If they are deployed, set the party up where the veteran can also join in (via Skype or Facetime) on the festivities.
Teach a Child What Veterans’ Day is All About –Educate a child about the importance of Veteran’s Day by sharing what you know. Teach them about why we celebrate this day and honor our Veterans.
Do you have other ways to celebrate Veteran’s Day? Let us know and comment below! Until then, Happy Veteran’s Day!