November 11th is Veteran’s Day, the second most recognized military holiday of the year. Did you know there are actually three major military observances in the calendar? In memory of those who have served, and in appreciation for those currently doing so, we’d like to take a moment and reflect on these holidays. Below is a bit of information on all three days. It is appropriate to display the US Flag on these days of observance, and please, remember to thank a veteran on the 11th! We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to CBI’s own John Liva for his service to our country.
Veterans Day is the day to recognize and thank those men and women who have served in the military, but are former members, not currently enlisted personnel. The history of Veterans Day stems from the signing of the treaty that ended World War I in 1919. It became a legal holiday in 1938, initially observed as Armistice Day to recognize veterans of World War I. Only after the United States’ involvement in the Korean War ended, did Congress approve a change in the holiday to Veteran’s Day to honor all US military veterans, no matter when or where they served. Small gifts to the veterans in your life are appropriate!
Dating back to the American Civil War, Memorial Day was originally observed on May 30th, until 1971 when the government moved the holiday to the last Monday in May. Although Memorial Day has come to be recognized as the start of summer, and a major sale event for retailers, it is and should be treated as a somber observance. Memorial Day commemorates those military members who lost their lives while serving, during conflict or during any military action. Many civic groups participate in the laying of wreaths or placing of flags on gravesites at military cemeteries.
Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and pays tribute to those men and women currently serving in the US military. In 1949, the Department of Defense consolidated the separate commemorations of each branch of the military to one day for all to participate and celebrate. Today, the holiday is part of the greater Armed Services Week, which precedes it. Armed Services Week is a wonderful time to recognize our active military personnel by volunteering your time, or providing donations, to create care packages.
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