This next Saturday, November 11th, we commemorate Veterans Day. It’s a day dedicated to honoring the individuals who have served in the armed forces. This observance is distinct from Memorial Day, which pays tribute to those who lost their lives while serving in the military. While it is considered inappropriate to say “Happy Memorial Day,” it is entirely appropriate to wish someone a “Happy Veterans Day.” According to the Department of Defense, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor all those who have served the country in both war and peace, whether living or deceased, with a primary focus on expressing gratitude to living veterans for their sacrifices.
Happy Veterans Day!
Shouldn’t it be spelled Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asserts that there should be no apostrophe in Veterans Day. They clarify that the absence of the apostrophe is due to the day not belonging to veterans but rather serving as a day to honor them.
Why is Veterans Day always on the 11th?
Originally known as Armistice Day, the day was established on November 11, 1918, to commemorate the end of World War I. The Armistice was signed on the 11th day of the 11th month, precisely at the 11th hour.
Do other countries celebrate Veterans Day?
Indeed, other countries do honor this day. Canada, Australia, and Great Britain refer to it as “Remembrance Day.”
Do Veterans like to be thanked for their service?
A 2019 poll indicated that 49% of Veterans do not appreciate being thanked for their service.
Why all the Red Poppies?
Red poppies symbolize World War I, inspired by the mention of the flower in the poem “In Flanders Fields.” They are sold in Canada and Great Britain to raise funds for Veterans. The tradition is sometimes seen here in the states as well.
What does Fresno do to honor our Veterans?
Fresno is hosting the Central Valley Veterans Day Parade, the largest Veterans Day Parade in the country. Celebrating its 104th year, the parade is being televised by the local NBC affiliate and the American Forces Network, reaching a national and international audience.
- 9:30 am: Pre-ceremony
- 10:45 am: Opening ceremony
- 11:11 am: Parade kick-off