What is Veterans Day?
November 11, 2022, is Veterans Day. But what is “Veterans Day”? At the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, in 1918, an armistice — a cessation of fire, went into effect, ending World War I. The war to end all wars officially ended seven months later. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared the 11th day of the 11th month as “Armistice Day.”
As a child, I recall my elders referring to this day. It was celebrated with parades and public meetings, while businesses closed at 11 am. In May of 1938, Armistice Day was declared an official federal holiday. Then, in 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
In 1971, to give federal employees four 3-day weekends every year was observed on October 25, with much confusion. President Ford officially moved the date back to November 11, 1978, where it has remained.
“Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” — VA (Veterans Administration).
Do You Remember Why We Celebrate Today?
It seems a silly question. But when was the last time you thanked a veteran? When’s the last time you took a soldier’s hand and shook it? When’s the last time you looked a veteran in the eye and said, “Thank you”? And when was the last time you considered where you’d be without veterans? If you’re unsure where to find a veteran to thank, I’m sure there’s a VFW an American Legion near you.
Here at Berger Hargis, we are proud of the hard-working veterans on our team. We thank and salute them and all of the veterans who have served and sacrificed for us all. Thank you.
I’ve Never Been A Soldier
I’ve never been a soldier, but I’ve known a few
I won’t claim to know everything they do
I do know without them. All could be lost
And that it’s soldiers who pay the cost
On this Veterans Day, find a soldier, and when you do
Take their hand, look them in the eye, and say, “thank you.”
How Can We Help You?
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About the Author
Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek, and on weekends he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook, a crash course in effective management.