Veterans Day is a federal holiday set aside to honor the sacrifices of all American veterans.
While the history of Veterans Day is rooted in the aftermath of World War I, it still serves as a reminder for us to recognize the American men and women who have put their lives on the line since that day to protect our country.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Allied nations and Germany agreed to stop fighting during World War I. While the armistice was declared on November 11, 1918, World War I didn’t officially end until June 28, 1919 when the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Despite this, many countries, including the United States, felt it was appropriate to remember November 11 as a day to honor veterans, peace, and goodwill.
Armistice Day was declared a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. However, after World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veterans Day. Veterans Day is important because it gives us the opportunity to honor the brave people who served our country.
While Veterans Day is to honor veterans from all wars, Memorial Day is a day we set aside to respect those veterans who lost their lives during military service. Memorial Day is always on the last Monday in May. Knowing the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day is important for honoring the sacrifices veterans make for the common good.
Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11, regardless of the day of the week. This is because the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany was declared on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Be sure to check with your local community to learn if there are upcoming events scheduled for Veterans Day. For example, last year the Kalamazoo County Veterans Day Ceremony was held at Rose Park Veterans Memorial.
If you or a loved one is a military veteran, you may want to look into the Veterans Day dinner show that will be held at Henderson Castle. We are offering a discount for military veterans with ID. No matter if you attend a special ceremony or dinner with live entertainment, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Veterans Day this year.
Henderson Castle is a Kalamazoo boutique inn that values the brave men and women who serve our country every day. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for our Veterans Day dinner show, be sure to buy your tickets here or call (269) 344-1827 for more information.