Veterans Day 2015: Google Doodle

Veterans Day: Google Doodle

Today I am talking about the celebration of Veterans Day. Now the memories of many men and women who have served in the military needed  to be honored and this is where Veterans Day came from.

Veterans Day 2015: Google Doodle
Veterans Day 2015: Google Doodle

Veterans Day was not always called Veterans Day

Taking you back in history, although we celebrate Veterans Day today it wasn’t always called Veterans Day.

Veterans Day
Veterans Day by Vox Efx / Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

Back in those times when it first came about it came at the end of World War 1 or what the called, “Great War”, where they knew our troops had to be honored for their great service in ending the war. I’ll take you back to President Woodrow Wilson who said back on November 11, 1919:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Veterans Day 2012
Veterans Day 2012 by North Charleston / Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

For many years the celebration of Armistice Day had taken place in the United States of America. Then in 1954 the 83rd Congress, who asked by the veterans service organizations to change the name of this annual holiday took place. They then amended the Act of 1938 by striking the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans”.

So on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor not just the soldiers who fought in World War I but honor all American veterans of war. Later that year President  Eisenhower signed HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Don’t mix up: Memorial Day isn’t Veterans Day

One big thing many people mix up is Memorial Day and Veterans Day is that aren’t the same thing. These two days celebrate two different things.

Memorial Day is for the celebration of those soldiers who have died in war.

Veterans Day is set to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably and also those veterans who have died. Cities across the country  celebrate on Veterans Day with parades, tributes and taking time out to honor those who have served their country.

Well I hope you enjoyed those historical facts on why we celebrate Veterans Day.