On November 11, 1918, the Allies and the Germans signed the armistice, ending “the war to end all wars”. Twenty years later, a legislation passed declaring that November 11 is officially “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.” - a holiday dedicated to honoring World War I Veterans.
In 1954, after going through both World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the Act of 1938. Armistice Day was now known as Veteran’s Day; rather than just honoring the Veterans of World War I, it is now a day dedicated to veterans of all wars.
Nowadays we tend to see Veteran’s Day as just another opportunity for a 3-day weekend. We forget that the significance of the holiday is to honor all those who have served in our armed forces and to recognize the sacrifices that they made. We as a society get stuck with this idea that waving a flag and throwing a parade is enough to honor our Veterans, but there is so much more that we can do. We’re providing you with a couple of ways that you can help those who serve/served this Veteran’s Day. Who knows? This may just be the beginning of a new Veteran’s Day tradition.
Take some time to learn about our Veterans and learn why and how they served our country. If you know any Veterans, ask if they would be willing to share their story. Everything that you do will be more meaningful when you understand the reason why you are doing it.
Take the day as an opportunity to serve your community. Did you know that over 39,000 Veterans are homeless on any given night? After discharge, many Veterans experience social isolation and have a tough time transitioning, which may lead to homelessness and unemployment. Look into a couple of organizations to see how you can help these Veterans. Make volunteering a family affair!
Visit these websites to take action:
Did you know that you can donate frequent flier miles to bring family members to the bedsides of injured service members? Did you know that you can sponsor a companion dog for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Did you know that you could donate food, clothing, and hygienic products to local homeless shelters?
Well now you know! Do some research and find out how you can make these donations to your Veterans.
If you know a Veteran or see someone in a military uniform, take the time to say “Thank you.” A simple “thank you” can really make an impact on their day.
You can also send Veterans a care package or a handwritten letter to let them know that you are grateful for what they have done and for the sacrifices that they have made for our country.
Send a care package or a letter here: