Why All Americans Should Celebrate Our Awesome Vets on Veterans Day

November 9, 2017 by Kiesha Joseph

For many of us Americans, Veterans Day equates to a 3-day weekend, and not much more. But, November 11th is actually a day with a purpose. Most of all, It’s dedicated to acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the women and men who serve in our country’s armed forces. This includes each and every member of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard.

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day was first celebrated back in 1938 to honor the soldiers who bravely served for us during World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, the November 11th date was chosen to commemorate the date the 1st world war ended, which was 11-11-1918. Also called “The Great War,” its end was officially dubbed “the war to end all wars.”

World War I Memorial
World War I Memorial. Image Source: Flickr

By 1954, the United States had taken part in two more major wars… World War II (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945) and the Korean War (June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953). Many of our brave soldiers had actually fought in all three of these wars by then. So, in honor of them, the commemorative date was renamed Veterans Day.

Memorial Day vs Veterans Day

Many American’s have no idea that Memorial Day and Veterans Day are not memorialized for the same reasons. Both are celebrated in honor of all US military personnel. However, although subtle, there are differences between these two holidays:

  • Memorial Day – Celebrated to pay respect to and remember the fallen soldiers who have actually died while serving our country in various wars
  • Veterans Day – Celebrated to honor the vets that are still alive and have served as soldiers in the armed forces during either wartime or peacetime

Veterans Day: The Commemorative Date

In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed. This was intended to give federal employees more 3-day weekends. Along with others, Veterans Day was added to a list of American holidays that would be celebrated specifically on Mondays. The hope was that these extended weekends would increase cultural, recreational and travel activities in the US.

Veterans Day celebrates all soldiers... living and gone... who have served in US armed forces.
Veterans Day celebrates all soldiers… living and gone… who have served in US armed forces. Image Source: Flickr

At some point, this plan was squashed and the American public went back to celebrating Veterans Day on its official date… November 11th. Many believe this takes the focus away from 3-day holiday celebrations and puts it onto what the day was intended to observe… our brave men and women soldiers who are willing to give their lives for our country.

Military Discounts: Honoring the Brave Soldiers of the US

Many companies offer military discounts to both active and retired personnel. The Pearl Source is no exception. We understand that our freedoms as Americans only exist because of the sacrifices our soldiers, military personnel, and their family members make each and every day.

Peach/Pink Strand of Pearls. Image by Mika Larson Photography

 

It is through your dedication to our country to protect the American people that help keep us safe in the US. We truly appreciate your generosity, integrity, loyalty, hard work and dedication to the people of our country. We are dedicated to showing our appreciation to all of our soldiers… past, present, and future.

That’s why we offer a 10% discount to all military members. Furthermore, this offer applies to those on active duty, disabled vets, retired veterans and their registered dependants.

To get your military discount, please call The Pearl Source at 866-877-3275 for more information.

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Kiesha Joseph

Managing Content Editor at Content Marketing Geek Corporation
Kiesha Joseph is the Managing Editor for ThePearlSource.com, a leading online pearl jewelry website offering high-quality pearls at affordable prices. Kiesha is a Content Marketing Geek who enjoys educating her audience on a broad range of topics, including trends in marketing, SEO, jewelry, fashion, celebrity style and more.
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