How to Observe Veterans Day

The U.S. sets aside November 11th to honor all veterans who served in all military branches since WW I. That war ended on June 28, 1919, but fighting between the Allies and Germany had ended with an armistice months earlier. Armistice Day, celebrated as November 11, was set aside as a national holiday to celebrate the wars end in 1926. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans. In 1968, Veterans Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday in October however, since November 11 was a date of historic significance, Congress returned the holiday to its traditional date, November 11th. [1]


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    Hang a flag. Hang the American flag to show your patriotism. Many people will remember veterans who served in war by seeing the flag swaying in the breeze.
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    Thank A Veteran. Remember that they fought for your freedom and are the reason you are here today. Thank them for serving the country.
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    Publish words of thanks. You may want to submit a letter to the editor, or even write a poem and submit it to a contest about why you love your country, and what freedom means to you.
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    Have a Veterans' Day feast. You could do it with your own family, or you could invite the whole community with all the veterans.
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    Take a moment to think about what veterans have done. It can be something as small as setting aside five minutes. Just take a moment to appreciate what veterans have done for us in all of the wars our country has had.
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    Wear a Poppy. A poppy is a special symbol for veterans.


  • Make sure the American Flag is clean and bright. For best effects, hang in the wind and ensure the flag doesn't rest on the ground.

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