Do you know why we celebrate Veteran's Day? Every November 11 we think of and thank those who have served our country. I'm an army brat, I grew up traveling the country and the world thanks to my dad's career in the army. But what is Veteran's Day and why do we celebrate it?
What: Veteran's Day came to be a national holiday after World War I.
Why: After the Treaty of Versaille was signed on November 11, 1918, Congress proclaimed the day for "giving thanksgiving and prayers" to reflect on the heroism of the men and women who served in the most destructive war of the time.
Who: Veteran's Day celebrates all member of the armed forces who has served.
Fun Fact: Veteran's Day was originally named Armistice Day and was changed to Veteran's Day in 1953.
Looking for a family activity for Veterans Day? Write a thank-you letter to a veteran or current member of the armed forces or create a care package to send overseas. Organizations like A Million Thanks and Operation Gratitude make it easy to send letters and care packages to men and women in the military.
Veteran's Day is a day of celebration, this is a day we thank the vet's we know and honor their service to our country. What can you do? If you have a vet in your life give them a call, ask them to share some of their stories about the time they served. It will help you gave a better understanding of the special sacrifices they have made for our country and you may just learn some fun facts about someone you love!
Several local businesses offer vet's freebies on Veteran's Day, look for some and share them with your special vet!
Want to learn more? Here are a few great resources!
The Veteran's History Project (a great resource with letters, stories, and videos from vets)
To my dad and every other veteran out there, we are so grateful for your service! It is because of you we have the America we do!
Originally published on South Charlotte Macaroni Kid.
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