Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

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Veterans Day is celebrated to honor the people who have served in the United States Armed Forces

Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day 2017

One of the most popular United States Public Holidays is the Veterans Day. Celebrated on the 11th of November every year, Veterans Day marks the honoring of Military veterans who have served their nation through the United States Armed Forces. The people who fought for the nation and brought glorifying days of freedom should be honored and this particular day is meant for it. Before getting into the details of how to celebrate Veterans Day, Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day 2017.

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As stated above, Veterans Day is celebrated to honor the people who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The day is celebrated by many names in different countries apart from the US. In many countries, it is celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day to mark the end of World War 1. US celebrated 11 November as Armistice Day till the year 1954. After that they celebrated the day as Veterans Day.

Some people mix it up with Memorial Day but both the days are very different. Memorial Day is celebrated to honor the war veterans who ‘died’ in their military service while Veterans Day is for the military veterans who are so very much alive. People requested the then President Calvin Coolidge to mark the day as a National holiday. As a result, under a Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved on 13th of May, 1938, 11th November was declared as a legal holiday.
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Though the very concept of Veterans Day was developed around honoring the Veterans of World War I, years later when World War II ended, the concept of the day was changed. World War II veteran Raymond Weeks suggested that instead of honoring the veterans of World War I only, the Armistice Day or the Veterans Day should also be celebrated to honor the veterans of World War II too. That is how the idea of celebrating the day as a National Veterans Day came into effect. Gen.

Dwight Eisenhower also supported Weeks in this front. With Eisenhower’s support, Week started the official celebration in Alabama in the year 1947 and celebrated the day every year till his demise in the year 1985. Because of his steady driving force and interest towards the celebration of the honorary veterans, he was honored at the White House by President Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in the year 1982. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the speech for President Reagan, named Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”


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