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:
Today, we are reminded of our solemn obligation: to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. As we continue our responsible drawdown from the war in Afghanistan and more members of our military return to civilian life, we must support their transition and make sure they have access to the resources and benefits they have earned.
My administration is working to end the tragedy of homelessness among our veterans, and we are committed to providing them with quality health care, access to education, and the tools they need to find a rewarding career.
As a nation, we must ensure that every veteran has the chance to share in the opportunity he or she has helped to defend. Those who have served in our Armed Forces have the experience, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve success as members of our civilian workforce, and it is critical that we harness their talent.
Facts and figures on veterans
In the U.S., there were 19.6 millions military veterans in 2013, 9.3 million of whom were 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In addition, 79.3 percent were non-Hispanic white, 11.3 percent were black, 6 percent were Hispanic, 1.4 percent were Asian, 0.7 were American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.2 percent 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 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.
Support for veterans
For those thinking about the welfare of veterans on Veterans Day, see Veterans for Common Sense, a veterans’ advocacy organization. Veteran’s Day offers the opportunity to raise awareness about the mental health needs of service members, veterans, and families, Veterans for Common Sense said.
Some businesses are offering free food to veterans on or near Veterans Day, and some parks are offering free admission
See the article “Top Five Veterans Day Freebies” 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 “Thanksgiving Day Will Top Black Friday for the Best Deals” for details on when to buy what. The article also predicts Cyber Monday will top Black Friday.
Best wishes on Veterans Day.