Veterans Day was created to honor and pay respect to all the men and women that have served our nation. The holiday was originally called “Armistice Day” and was first celebrated Nov. 11, 1919 on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. But it was not until 1926 that Congress passed a resolution to observe the day and it became a national holiday in 1938. Curious about when Armistice Day became Veterans Day? In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the appropriate legislation to have the name changed to ensure every individual that served in all American wars would be celebrated.
Below are a few poems to honor the military:
Joanna Fuchs, ‘Take A Moment To Thank A Veteran’ When you see someone in a uniform, Someone who serves us all, Doing military duty, Answering their country’s call, Take a moment to thank them For protecting what you hold dear; Tell them you are proud of them; Make it very clear. Just tap them on the shoulder, Give a smile, and say, “Thanks for what you’re doing To keep us safe in the USA!”
Laurence Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
Philip Freneau But fame is theirs – and future days On pillar’d brass shall tell their praise; Shall tell – when cold neglect is dead – “These for their country fought and bled.”