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Local Veterans Day Thoughts

Art True, circa 1942 – Yoder, WY

Today is Veterans Day, and many workplaces will be closed to observe and honor veterans. So, what is Veterans Day? When did it start? What is the history behind it?

Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day (Armistice meaning a truce). Veterans Day began as a holiday and a day of celebration in 1918 when the major conflicts of World War I finally came to a close. The War officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954 major veteran organizations urged the US to rename the day Veterans Day, in honor of all the military personnel who had served in both World War I and II. 

Did you know? Veterans Day is often confused with two other military holidays, Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. Memorial Day honors those who have died in service, and Armed Forces Day honors those still currently serving in our military. 

Veterans Day is a day to give thanks for our veterans, and it helps us kick off a month of Thanksgiving! Thanks to those who have served our country! Our office, city, country, and families are all full of people who served our country during hard times because it was the right thing to do. War was hard on many families, and the time away made many of these young men and women grow up fast. Drafts were common during the early parts of the 20th century, and many of our older veterans may have had no choice but to go to war. We honor all these service members and their sacrifices.

Thank you Adri True for sharing your Veterans Day bog with our readers.

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