Importance of Veterans Day

Kelly Drewes, Staff Reporter

Veterans Day is on November 11th every year. It has not always been called this, it was originally called “Armistice Day”

Veterans Day is a day to remember and thank all those who have fought for our freedom, our rights, the way we live today. My brother serves in the Army and is currently in South Korea, my dad was in the Navy, my aunt was in the Navy, my sister wants to be in the Coast Guard.

There are over 2 million women Veterans.

In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President General Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11th

Some people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is to thank those who served and have now passed on. Veterans Day is the thank those who have served living or dead, injuries or not. We thank these people because they have done so much to get the US the way it is today.

The first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.