Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!!

Well, it's going to be daylight soon...almost time to go put the flag out. Today we celebrate Veteran's Day...a day that highlights the service of current, former, retired and those service members who have given their lives to protect the freedom of this great nation and our allies. Let's also not forget those family members that have sacrificed in order to support our veterans as well. Since I proudly belong to both these duty USAF 1982-1986 & USAF spouse 1983-2008...this day has a special part of my heart and is a great source of pride for me.

The question of the day is "How did Veterans Day get it's start?" Well, the signing of the Armistice of WWI was signed on November 11, 1918. One year later an official holiday, Armistice Day, became official as a way to celebrate the veterans of WWI. It wasn't until 1954 that this became a day to celebrate all veterans.

Veterans Day Trivia:

  • In other countries this same day is celebrated as Remembrance Day.
  • In the UK, red poppies are worn to signify blood spilled during the wars. This initially began after WWI's battle at Flanders where a field of red poppies were in full bloom and coated the ground with a blood like appearance.
  • From 1971-1977 Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October to comply with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and is the only one of four holidays affected to be returned to it's original date of celebration.

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