Veterans Day

veterans-day-imageVeterans Day is a day dedicated to remembering and celebrating the memory of the veterans who sacrificed themselves for our country.  Veterans Day hasn’t always been known as Veterans Day.  The day used to be called Armistice Day but that was changed in 1938 because the word Armistice only referred to those that fought in World War One.  By 1938 World War Two had already happened so the 83rd U.S. Congress removed the word Armistice and replaced it with the word Veterans.

Veterans Day was set as a legal holiday on November 11, 1918 right after World War One ended, that is when it was called Armistice Day.  The reason that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day is because on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice, or a truce, was called between Germany and the Allied nations. 

In 1968, a Uniforms Holiday Bill guaranteed a three day weekend for four national holidays on Mondays for federal employees.  The four national holidays were: Veterans Day, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, and Washington’s Birthday.  Many states did not agree with the decision to get Mondays off for these holidays and would celebrate them on their original dates. On September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed A law  to make Veterans Day always on November 11th beginning in 1978.

On August 4, 2001, a law was passed making November 11 through November 17 National Veterans Awareness Week.  During this week, schools must educate their students about the contributions made by the veterans.

Many people get Veterans Day and Memorial Day confused but there are actually quite a few differences between them.  The main difference between the two holidays is Memorial Day is remembering those who died in war, whereas Veterans Day is honoring those who have fought for our country whether they are dead or alive.

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I got my photo from: https://www.dogonews.com/2015/11/9/celebrating-veterans-day

Veterans=Respect

Since Veteran’s Day is coming up I am interviewing a my dad (a veteran) in this post.

Q: What branch did you serve in?

A: “I served in the United States Air Force.”

Q: What years did you serve?

A: “1989-1995”

Q: What was your primary job duty?

A: “I was a flightline special purpose equipment technician.”

Q: Were you stationed overseas?  If so where?

A: “Yes.  Rhein Mein Air Force base in Frankfurt, Germany.”

Q: Did you serve in any active warzones?

A: “Yes, in the Gulf War and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Q: Did you serve anywhere else overseas?  If so where?

A: “Yes, I served on a presidential support detail to Moscow, Russia for President Clinton.  Also I served in Ukraine on training missions.”

Q: Where else has your military career taken you?

A: “I’ve been to Kismayo, Kenya, England, Egypt, Bahrain, and some undisclosed locations.” (he’s not allowed to share)

Q: What, if any special training have you had?

A: “I’ve been trained in hand to hand combat, weapons training, survival training, leadership training, and many other items critical to the mission.”

Q: What kind of security clearances did you have?

A: “I had secret security clearances.”

Q: What kind of weapons did you specialize in?

A: “I specialized in the M16.”

Q: Have you ever been shot at?

A: “Yes, but only one time.”

Q: Have you ever seen any historic landmarks?

A: Yes, I saw the Great Pyramids of Giza.”

Q: How do you think your experience in the military has made you into the person you are today?

A: “ It has made me into a stronger person and has taught me the true meaning of respect.”