Veterans Day: Celebrate and Support Our Troops
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service. It fell on November 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
Even the veterans who have done their part see young and old service members and veterans as” their grandchildren, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, and grandparents” and can't begin to fathom what they've been through in the name of our freedom. The depth of experiences is vast, and the appreciation we have for them on all days, but especially this day, is deep.
Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one glorious day, you are joined by everyone else around the nation. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans.
VETERANS DAY FACTS
- In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.
TOP VETERANS DAY DISCOUNTS
- Texas Roadhouse: Free Lunch on Veterans Day
- Shoney's Offers Free Burger on Veterans Day
- Applebee's Offers Free Meal on Veterans Day
- Great Clips Offers Free Haircut on Veterans Day
- B&Bs for Vets Program Offers Free Night
Veterans Day Military Discounts: 116 Restaurants
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NOTE: All of the following discounts have been confirmed for 2016, either through press release or direct communication with the company. Check out all the other discounts being offered this Veterans Day.
Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.