Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11.
Ever wonder exactly what Veterans Day is and why we celebrate it? Here are some facts about the holiday:
Q: What does Veterans Day celebrate?
A: Veterans Day celebrates and honors men and women in the United States who have fought for our nation in wars.
Q: Why is it marked on November 11?
A: On November 11, 1918 (at 11 o’clock!), an agreement was signed between the Allied Nations (including the USA) and Germany to temporarily end fighting in The Great War (now known as World War I). The agreement was called an armistice, so the holiday was first known as “Armistice Day.” It became a legal federal holiday in 1938.
Q: Why do some people wear a red flower on Veterans Day?
A: A poet named John McCrae wrote a poem about World War I, called “In Flanders Fields.” The poem mentions red poppies. In Canada, the United Kingdom, and some parts of the US, groups sell red paper poppies on Veterans Day to raise money for veterans charities. (In Canada and the UK, the holiday is called “Remembrance Day.”)
Q: How can I celebrate Veterans Day?
A: You may have a veteran in your family. If you do, be sure to thank him or her for serving our country. You can also make a card for a veteran. Ask a parent or a teacher to help you get the card to a veteran through a local VFW or VA hospital. You don’t have to address the card to anyone in particular, just write “Dear Veteran.”
Veterans Day is a good time to stop and think about our veterans. Happy Veterans Day to you!
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