Veteran’s Day is dedicated to honoring military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It coincides with other days of remembrance around the world including Armistice Day in the United Kingdom and Remembrance Day across the Commonwealth of Nations.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. On the first anniversary of the end of World War I in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as “Armistice Day.” In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and the day became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name to “Veterans Day” to honor veterans of all wars.
While Memorial Day honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including the living. So, what can we do to celebrate Veterans Day? For starters, we can thank veterans in our community for their service. It’s also an opportunity to think about the importance of peace and what it means to our country. In addition, it is a time to consider the challenges facing many veterans today, and think about what we may be able to do to help. Homelessness, health issues, unemployment and a host of other issues affect our veteran population.
Take a look at the following list of materials if you want to learn more about the history of Veterans Day; if you are a veteran looking for books, memoirs and other resources; or if you need information in order to help a veteran. The list includes just a sampling of the materials we have on the subject. You can search our catalog, opens a new window for even more options, or click on the websites listed below that provide valuable resources for veterans.
Visit these websites for additional information:
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, opens a new window
Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense | eBenefits Information, opens a new window
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Center for Women Veterans (CWV), opens a new window
Wounded Warrior Project, opens a new window
Make the Connection | Videos & Resources for Military Veterans, opens a new window
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | Homeless Veterans Resources, opens a new window
Uhler, S. G. (2018). Veterans Day. In World Book Advanced. Retrieved from
https://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar584340, opens a new window
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