Veterans Day, which became a national holiday in 1938, is a day to recognize the contributions of the nation’s veterans.
It was formerly called Armistice Day. The Armistice of 1918, ending World War I, was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day.
In a proclamation, Pres. Barack Obama said:
This year, in marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, we resolved that in the United States of America, no war should be forgotten, and no veteran should be overlooked. Let us always remember our wounded, our missing, our fallen, and their families. And as we continue our responsible drawdown from the war in Afghanistan, let us welcome our returning heroes with the support and opportunities they deserve.
Facts and figures on veterans
In the U.S., there were 21.2 millions military veterans in 2012, 9.6 million of whom were 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition, 17.2 million were non-Hispanic white, 1.6 million were women, 2.3 million were black, 1.2 million were Hispanic, 264,695 were Asian, 153,223 were American Indian or Alaska Native, and 27,469 were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
For those who are thinking about peace on Veteran’s Day, see the website of Veterans for Peace. The organization rings bells 11 times on Armistice/Veterans Day instead of shooting guns and encourages individuals to do so as well.
See the Veterans for Peace website for events sponsored in your area.
For example, in Portland, Ore., Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 is offering a Let Peace and Freedom Ring Gathering at 11 a.m. in Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. 6th Ave. Participants can bring a bell, poem, song, or photo of fallen veteran.
For many years, churches rang their bells on Armistice Day to commemorate the hope of a world without war. Veterans for Peace wants to reclaim the historic meaning of the day.
The Portland chapter is also sponsoring an event at 7:30p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, S.W. Main and 12th S.W. A prose poem play in three parts to “celebrate” the 100th Anniversary of World War I, “Til All Need for Witness Cease” by Kent Shifferd, will be presented.
Support for veterans
For those thinking about the welfare of veterans on Veterans Day, see Veterans for Common Sense, a veterans’ advocacy organization. It says that Veteran’s Day offers the opportunity to raise awareness about the mental health needs of service members, veterans, and families.
Some businesses are offering free food to veterans on or near Veterans Day, and some parks are offering free admission
See the article “Free Items for Veterans, Active Duty Military on Veterans Day” for more information.
Veterans Day sales
If you’re thinking about making a major purchase, buying lots of holiday gifts, or shopping for new clothes for the holidays at the Veterans Day sales, be sure to compare prices and make sure you’re betting a bargain.
The biggest sales days of the year are coming up. See dealnews.com’s “How Deals Will Differ on Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday” for details on when to buy what.
Best wishes on Veterans Day.