For more information about Veterans Day (including history, a kids page, a teacher’s guide, and information about the national ceremony), see the US Department of Veterans Affairs website at: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ A few things to know from their FAQ page:
1. The day does not include an apostrophe. It is just “Veterans Day” with an “s” at the end to indicate plural (celebrating all veterans) not possessive.
2. “Veterans Day is always observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day National Ceremony, like most ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself. However, when Veterans Day falls on a weekday, many communities choose to hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on the weekend before or after November 11 so that more people can participate.”
3. Veterans Day is a day to honor all members of the military who have served. It is a wonderful chance to thank all those veterans who are living while also remembering all of the men and women who died in service. In contrast, on May 31st each year, we celebrate Memorial Day, to remember and honor those who died during their service. The site explains that “Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.”
If you are a veteran, “Thank You.”