Veterans served our country with selfless fortitude. Whether it was in the First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, or any other war in our history, the Veterans of our Armed Services have been the ones keeping us safe; so today we salute them.
Did you know that Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day back in 1919? Armistice of course means an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting; in other words, a truce. The first celebration of Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, marked the one year anniversary of the end of WWI, and was put in place to applaud those who risked their lives in that war. However, it wasn’t made a federal holiday until 1938. And in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower amended the holiday to include all veterans.
Did you know that Veterans Day wasn’t always on the 11th of November? It started out as the 11th, as previously stated, and is currently the 11th but wasn’t always like that. For a period of ten years, from 1968-78, Veterans Day was changed to the 4th Monday in October. The petty reason for that was to give Federal Officers a three day weekend. Today, all Federal Offices and most schools are off in observance of Veterans Day.
Did you know that Veterans Day in the US is shared with many other country’s celebrations. There were 19 countries that fought with the Allies in WWI and most – if not all – have celebrations on November 11th to honor their Veterans. For instance, this year, the UK is celebrating 100 years since the start of WWI with a big ceremony and moment of silence in London.
Finally, did you know that many places give out Military Discounts to Active Duty Members and Veterans on Veterans Day? This year restaurants such as Denny’s, Olive Garden, and others are giving out free or discounted meals to Veterans with Military ID’s. Specifically here at the Preston Autoplex we have a $500 Military Discount that we run every day on every car on the lot. It is just our small way of saying thank you to the men and women that serve, and have served, our great country. Happy Veterans Day!