Explained: What is Veterans Day, why the US celebrate it on Nov 11

Written by Om Marathe , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi | November 11, 2020 5:31:50 pm American flags decorate the gravesite of Carl Lawrence Theodore Carlson, a technician in World War II, in Fort Logan National Cemetery Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. (AP)In his first public appearance after the 2020 US election, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday will be visiting the Arlington National Cemetery to mark Veterans Day. What is Veterans Day? Veterans day is celebrated every year in November in the United States to honour and show respect towards veterans who served in its armed forces both in wartime and in peace. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The days is “largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.” The day is a celebration to honour America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. What is the history of Veterans Day? According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the day marks the end of the first world war when an armistice was signed between German and allied forces on November 11. A resolution was passed in the Congress in 1926 to remember the day “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through goodwill and mutual understanding between nations.” The day was named Armistice Day. A field of flags fly in honor of those who served in advance of Veterans Day at the green at Fort Square, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Quincy, Mass. (AP) The DVA states, Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honour veterans of the first world war. But in 1954, after the second world war had required the mobilization of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in the nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans”. Congress did that at the urging of the veterans’ service organizations.

Explained: What is Veterans Day, why the US celebrate it on Nov 11
Written by Om Marathe , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi | November 11, 2020 5:31:50 pm
American flags decorate the gravesite of Carl Lawrence Theodore Carlson, a technician in World War II, in Fort Logan National Cemetery Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Sheridan, Colo. (AP)

In his first public appearance after the 2020 US election, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday will be visiting the Arlington National Cemetery to mark Veterans Day.

What is Veterans Day?

Veterans day is celebrated every year in November in the United States to honour and show respect towards veterans who served in its armed forces both in wartime and in peace. According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The days is “largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.”

The day is a celebration to honour America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

What is the history of Veterans Day?

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the day marks the end of the first world war when an armistice was signed between German and allied forces on November 11. A resolution was passed in the Congress in 1926 to remember the day “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through goodwill and mutual understanding between nations.” The day was named Armistice Day.

A field of flags fly in honor of those who served in advance of Veterans Day at the green at Fort Square, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Quincy, Mass. (AP)

The DVA states, Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honour veterans of the first world war. But in 1954, after the second world war had required the mobilization of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in the nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans”. Congress did that at the urging of the veterans’ service organizations.