Dear Dr. Linda,
As a history teacher I appreciate your column every year about Veterans Day. Would you please run it again.
Thanks, History Teacher
Dear History Teacher,
Here’s a little information and a quiz to share with your students pertaining to Veterans Day:
• Veterans Day is a public holiday which occurs annually on November 11th. We now honor all the men and women who are either in service now or have served in the Armed Forces, but the original purpose of the holiday was to honor only those who are now retired or discharged from the Armed Forces.
• Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, because it commemorated the day World War I came to an end and a ceasefire with Germany went into effect—at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It was created to honor those who died in that war.
• In 1954, after the Korean War ended, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day by President Eisenhower, expanding the holiday to honor veterans of all wars. As I said before, the holiday honors all men and women serving in the armed forces both now and in the past. Some confuse the purpose of Veterans Day with that of Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was established to honor those men and women who have died while serving their country. [Read more…]