Veterans Day 2015

Throughout the month of November, there are numerous holidays. Holidays recognize the past and also celebrate the future. Traditions arise, helping form our country’s identity. Yet, as time passes, commercialism trivializes holidays. Holidays do not merely exist for the shopping experiences. It’s important to celebrate the true meaning of holidays and focus on their place in American culture. Veterans Day is one such holiday that has a special place in our country's history.

World War I is often regarded as the Great War. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, a temporary cessation of fighting was called between the Allied nations and Germany during World War I. The greatest war the world had ever seen officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. President Wilson declared November 11th to be commemorated as Armistice Day, to honor those who died in service during the war in the fight for victory. This day underwent several revisions and on May 13th, 1938, officially became a legal holiday.

After World War II, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veteran,” as we more commonly know it today. The Armistice Day of World War I became a day to honor U.S. veterans of all wars. Though we’re ready and waiting for another exciting holiday season, we must remember this important holiday. Before the days of twinkling lights and gift-wrapped surprises comes Veterans Day, a day we cannot allow ourselves to forget. A recent census showed that over 21 million veterans are alive today. That’s a lot of people to thank for their service to our country!

It’s easy to overlook many National Holidays, simply because there are so many. This Veterans Day, take the time to honor those who have died to fight for the many freedoms and blessings we have today here in the United States of America. Especially now, remember to focus on family and friends who are valued so dearly.

Take the time to step back and appreciate the ones you hold dear, even during this increasingly busy holiday season. It can be easy to become overworked and stressed. Holidays like Veterans Day remind us to honor and remember those who have served while developing a greater sense of appreciation for the family, friends, and freedoms that we possess today. This Veterans Day, appreciate those who have fought and who have fallen. Spend time with family and friends. And, most importantly, pay tribute to those who gave their service – and even their lives – for their country.

To thank the countless men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, all military members bowl free this Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11. Bring Military ID for free bowling. Thank you for your service.

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