November 11th is Veterans Day and it’s a day for honoring all those that have served in the armed forces. It differs from Memorial Day which honors those that have died while in military service. So while it’s bad form to say, “Happy Memorial Day“, it’s perfectly good form to wish someone a “Happy Veterans Day“. The Department of Defense says that “Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.”
Here’s a few other facts you might not know about Veterans Day.
Shouldn’t it be spelled Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day?
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs there’s no apostrophe. They explain that because it’s not a holiday that belongs to Vets , but rather a day for honoring Vets there should be no apostrophe.
Why is Veterans Day always on the 11th?
It started as Armistice Day on November 11th , 1918. The end of World War I. That Treaty was signed on the 11th Day of the 11th Month – and you guessed it… at the 11th hour too!
Do other countries celebrate Veterans Day?
Yes they do! Canada, Australia and Great Britain call it “Remembrance Day“.
Do Veterans like to be thanked for their service?
A poll in 2019 showed that a full 49% of Veterans do not like to be thanked for their service. 49%!
Why all the Red Poppies?
Red poppies are the symbol of WWI from their mention in the Poem “In Flanders Fields” and are sold in Canada and Great Britain to raise money for Veterans.
What does Fresno do to honor our Veterans?
Today is the Central Valley Veterans Day Parade. It is the largest Veteran’s Day Parade in the country is held annually in Fresno, CA. The parade, marking its 103rd year, is televised by the local NBC affiliate and by the American Forces Network, nationally and internationally.
9:30 am pre-ceremony,
10:45 am opening ceremony,
11:11 parade kick off
View the Parade Route HERE