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Learn more about the history of Veterans Day here. Veterans Day is also celebrated in other parts of the world, where it is known as either Remembrance Day or Armistice Day. In many of the Allied Nations, Veterans Day is considered a public holiday. The only exception is Italy, which celebrates the day on the 4th of November instead of the 11th of November.
While Memorial Day celebrates those who perished in the line of duty, Veterans Day celebrates all those who have served in the US military, including the millions of living veterans who are still among us today. Learn more about the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day here.
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For people in the US, Veterans Day is a time to hoist the American flag to show gratitude to the war veterans who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the well-being of the nation. There are many ways to celebrate Veterans Day both publicly and privately, with the focus being on displaying gratitude for the war veterans who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the well-being of the nation.
Veterans Day in the United States
In some cities, parades are organized and ceremonies are held at war memorial sites to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had won. But Americans soon realized that the previous war would not be the last one. World War II began the following year and nations great and small again participated in a bloody struggle.
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Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by Kansas congressman, Edward Rees renaming the federal holiday Veterans Day. In , President Nixon declared it a federal holiday to be observed on the second Monday in November. There are ceremonies and speeches. At in the morning, most Americans observe a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace. After the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, the emphasis on holiday activities has shifted.
There are fewer military parades and ceremonies. They place gifts at the names of their friends and relatives who fell in the Vietnam War. Families who have lost sons and daughters in wars turn their thoughts more toward peace and the avoidance of future wars.
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Veterans of military service have organized support groups such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Veterans' Day and Memorial Day , these groups raise funds for their charitable activities by selling paper poppies made by disabled veterans.
This bright red wildflower became a symbol of World War I after a bloody battle in a field of poppies called Flanders Field in Belgium. And if you know any veterans locally, propose that your kids interview them about what it's like to serve in the U.
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Research how American veterans were treated after they returned from various military conflicts, ranging from the French and Indian War to the Persian Gulf War. Ask your children to compare and contrast their findings. Also compare and contrast how women and minorities who served in those conflicts were treated. Have children draw a picture of Veterans Day, and what this holiday means to them.
Military children can draw a picture of a parent who is currently deployed, or a relative who has served. Make a thank you card for veterans. Children can give this card to veterans that they know or to veterans who are listed through the local VA medical facility.
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Ask your children's teacher to invite veterans to their classroom. Veterans can discuss what it's like to serve in the military, and how important it is to observe this holiday.