Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Now, we celebrate those who served each year on the 11th day of the 11th month.
If you don’t have a military connection, you may think you don’t have a reason to celebrate Veterans Day. This isn’t true. We all have a relationship with the military as citizens of this nation, and every American has the right to observe this day.
Maybe you’re not a fan of military action, but I’d urge you to still celebrate this holiday. Here are 4 reasons:
1. Veterans made sacrifices so that we could live life without a single worry.
Veterans had to go out on the battlefields for many days and nights. They put their lives at risk and took a non-traditional career path simply because of their love for our country.
2. Veterans are everyday heroes.
These are some seriously brave individuals. They are the real-life versions of Batman and Captain America.
3. It’s always good to give back to the people who sacrificed.
Gratitude is always a good thing. Even if you have concerns about our nation’s military decisions, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be grateful for the individuals who gave their lives to protect their citizens.
If you’re unsure how to observe the holiday, I’ve got your answer. Here are 4 ways to celebrate Veterans Day with a bang:
1. Go shake a veteran’s hand.
Shaking a veteran’s hand is the perfect way to show appreciation for the sacrifices they have made. While you’re at it, get to know them. Ask them which branch they were a part of. Ask them where they served. You may hear some fascinating stories.
2. Wear camouflage clothing or anything that represents the United States of America.
What better way to celebrate than to express your patriotic style. Wear your favorite camo article of clothing or something with an American flag pattern.
3. Watch films that bring awareness to Veterans Day.
Watch films or documentaries that discuss military members’ sacrifices. This will give you greater insight into the experience of veterans, and you’ll probably learn something about U.S. history while you’re at it.
4. Go to events that celebrate the holiday.
There are very likely luncheons or parades near you that were planned specifically for this day. Look around for posters or Google it. You’ll probably get the chance to meet and speak with some veterans if you attend.
This holiday is truly for everyone, no matter your military affiliation. It’s a day for us to thank those who committed a chunk of their life to serve their country. Are you doing anything for Veterans Day? Let us know in the comments below!
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