Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday Moment and Veterans Day. Today I will be talking about the history of this holiday.
First, there are a few misconceptions I feel the need to clear up.
The name of the holiday is Veterans Day.
It is not Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate all veterans and does not belong to anyone or multiple veterans.
Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is to honor those who gave their life for our country, while Veterans Day is to honor all veterans.
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day.
It was called this after the Treaty of Versailles was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. It was changed after World War II and the Korean War happened, and World War I was no longer “the war to end all wars.”
In 1968, when the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed, Congress changed the date to the fourth Monday in October.
No one knows why, but maybe they just wanted to change it. Soon after, people decided they liked it better on November 11, so it was changed back.
Other countries celebrate this holiday, too, in their own ways.
Canada and Australia both call November 11 “Remembrance Day.” Great Britain calls this holiday “Remembrance Day” as well but celebrates it on the Sunday closest to November 11.
Well, that’s all I have for today, Sparkles. What is your tradition for Veterans Day? Do you know any Veterans? Tell me below in the comments. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away.