Today is Armistice Day and Veterans Day. They are basically the same thing, however, they started a little differently.
According to Wikipedia: Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France at 5:45 am, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days and had to be extended several times. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.
I believe it was meant to honor the “war dead” from World War I.
At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). To be clear, November 11, or more specifically Veterans Day, is not for remembering the dead, although we can certainly honor them, as well. But, Memorial Day is for the memory of fallen soldiers. Veterans Day is for honoring all soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines (and don’t forget those in the National Guard, Coast Guard and Reserves), as long as they weren’t dishonorably discharged).
I have never wanted to be in the military but I respect them for what they do to make sure that we can protest, speak out, make a living, own property, come and go as we please, listen to the music we want to, and vote for those that we choose to represent us among many other things. I appreciate being able to live as I wish. I appreciate all that you do. As should we all!
Happy Veterans Day!
“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton