Ideas to Celebrate Veterans Day

November 11, 2012
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While we are lucky to have the freedom to pursue our own personal activities, many people forget the meaning of this day or the men and women who we honor who have sacrificed to allow us to have these freedoms in the first place.

Many people are unaware of the significance of Veterans Day, and the history goes back to World War I.  On November 11th, 1918, the United States signed a peace armistice with Germany, which signaled the end of the First World War.  One year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared the day “Armistice Day,” and a holiday.  In 1938, Congress made the day an official federal holiday, and in 1954 they renamed it to “Veterans Day” so that it might include honor for the veterans of WWII and the Korean War.  Today, Veterans Day is a day to celebrate peace and all the men and women who have worked to keep our freedom.  Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day, but they are quite different.  Memorial Day is meant to honor and remember those who have died protecting our country, and Veterans Day honors all veterans of the US Armed Forces.

Celebration Ideas
Take some time this Veterans Day to remember the reason that we have this holiday, and spend some time with family and friends participating in some of these patriotic ideas:
Go to a Parade – Lots of places hold parades for the members of the community who have served in the Armed Forces.  These parades are generally free and are an awesome way to get involved in the community and meet those who are serving.  This also gives you the chance to thank a veteran in person.
Patriotic Crafts – There are lots of fun patriotic crafts that you can do with your kids.  Making paper flags, banners, or making red, white, and blue rice crispy treats are all fun and easy options that you can do.
Host a BBQ – Enjoying your freedom is one of the best ways to show that you are grateful for it.  Many families have veterans in them, and spending time with our veteran family members is a great way to ask them about stories when they were serving in the Armed Forces.  Simply showing interest and listening to those who have risked their lives to protect our freedom is a good way to show them how much we care.

No matter how you choose to celebrate this Veterans Day, spend a few moments to give thanks for the freedom we enjoy and all that we have been blessed with.  Keep in mind that since Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, it will be observed on Monday the 12th.


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