Readers of Military.com are already in the lead when it comes to understanding why Veterans Day matters.
You don't do it simply for fun — you do it because you believe in our military and know that, if it weren't for the men and women who serve, we would not enjoy the freedom we have today.
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 who doesn't spend every waking moment breathing this military stuff like you do. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service, and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 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 we veterans who have done our part see young and old service members and veterans — our grandchildren, sons, daughters, wives, husbands and grandparents — and we 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.
Today, we take the charge of Veterans Day to heart and mark the day with celebration, honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.