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Veterens Day

Veterans Day is an American holiday honoring military veterans.  Veterans Day originally was held every November 11th, and though it typically falls on this day, officially the holiday is now observed on the weekday that falls closest to November 11th every year
  On November 11th, Americans celebrate Veterans Day also known as Armistice Day. In addition London, France, Canada, and the U.S. also call it Poppy Day. Remembrance Day is also observed in the aforementioned countries as well as Australia, however, on the Australian calendar it is known as Anzac Day. Are they all the same? Yes, they are. It is a solemn day in which everyone worldwide honors the veterans who fought in all wars. It is also the day which marked the end of World War I.

President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. It was a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, however in 1954, after World War II had caused an untold number of American casualties; veteran organizations asked that a day be set aside to honor all military men and women who fought in all wars. Thus, in 1938, Armistice was replaced with Veterans, and in June of 1954, November 11th officially became the day in which all veterans would be honored – Veteran’s Day.

Remembrance Day is commemorated in Great Britain and other countries mentioned above by two minutes of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month each year. There are ceremonies held at War memorials, similar to U.S. commemorations at the many memorial sites around the country. Remembrance Day was created in 1919 by King George V.

Research records indicate that Poppy Day originated during the Napoleonic wars, when a writer named John McCrae wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields.” As he visited the grave of his friend, he noticed that poppies were growing near the grave. The poppy became the symbol of remembrance. Originally, a French woman conceived the idea of having veterans organizations sell fake poppies to benefit the families of those who died. This tradition began in 1922 and is still celebrated today. Red poppies are worn to honor those who fought and died in all previous wars.

In every free country across the globe, Veterans are honored according to the traditions and cultures associated with this special day. Whether it is wearing red poppies, visiting memorials, or marching in parades, it is this day that is entirely devoted to our veterans and soldiers who have died in wars past.

Considering the ongoing conflict around the world today, Veterans Day is a particularly solemn one and everyone who loves freedom participates in some small way to show our soldiers around the world that we are praying for them and support them fully.
In addition, to those who bravely fought in World War I, II, Korean War, and Vietnam – it is equally important that we show our appreciation to those who survived as well as to the families of those who lost their lives, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedom we have today.

Teach Your Children the Meaning of Veterans Day

In every country around the world, November 11th is the day everyone honors all men and women who have fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. In addition, we also honor those who are still fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all around the world.

To teach your children the meaning of Veterans Day, you can either read from a book or let them hear first hand what it was like for those who fought for our freedom. You may want to visit a Veterans hospital and bring along some cookies or cake. Undoubtedly your city or town will have a parade which the entire family can attend.

In London and other parts of the world, for example, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, everyone pauses for two minutes to remember loved ones, family, and friends who died in these wars. It is a fitting tribute. In addition, you can tell the story of how Poppy Day was first implemented by going to the library and taking out a book on the subject. It is a fascinating story.

You may also want to teach your children the different holidays that are attributed to our fallen heroes. While America celebrates Veterans Day, it is also known as Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, Anzac, and of course, Poppy Day. Perhaps you can sit with them at the computer and print out all of the information about this special day.

While children can read books or learn this history lesson at school, it is in talking with someone who survived any of the wars that children will come to understand the significance of Veterans Day and why it is so special. Perhaps a grandparent or close relative fought in a war and can tell his or her story to your children.

It is also important to let the children know that even though there are parades, it doesn’t mean it is a celebration but more of an annual “thank you” to all who served in the armed forces. You may also want to tell your kids about the teen who decided to go to car dealerships and ask if she could place a box in which letters to our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan could be placed. Millions of letters were sent to our troops all because one person made a difference.

Everyone who ever fought and died for freedom contributed to the liberties we enjoy today. Children need to know that no matter how anyone feels about war, men and women in each of the armed forces place their lives in jeopardy every day so that we can remain safe and free.
 


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