Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day.
For some of you, it seems odd..because it’s not a Friday/Monday thing.
There’s a reason.
This federal holiday is attached to a particular, significant date, not a “third Monday” or whatever.
If you’re wondering why, it’s because the date is incredibly significant. November 11 was the day the Armistice ended World War I.
It was formally recognized as the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918.” It was originally celebrated as Armistice Day, but changed in 1954 to honor all veterans in all conflicts.
Veterans Day should never be confused with Memorial Day. There’s a significant difference.
Granted, Veterans Day honors all those-present and past-who have served in the armed forces, but the emphasis is on those still with us.
Memorial Day recognizes those who died in service or as a result of their injuries in conflicts.
Tomorrow is the day you should make a special effort to thank all the veterans you know -or meet - for their service.
If you know a Marine, today’s the special day to wish them -and the United States Marine Corps- a happy birthday.
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress issued the decree that created the Continental Marines. If you’re really into history, you’ll likely call me out with the fact the Continental Marines were “disestablished” when the Revolutionary War ended 1783.
You’d be correct, because the Marine Corps was officially established by President John Adams on July 11, 1798. It was originally celebrated on that date, but with little fanfare.
In 1921, it was suggested that the official birthday be celebrated on November 10. And it’s the date the first formal United States Marine Corps ball- a gala affair- was celebrated. There’s even a birthday cake -with a decidedly USMC twist.
Traditionally, the first slice of cake is passed to the oldest Marine present, who passes it to the youngest Marine present. (In the case of my next door neighbors, the father would pass a piece of cake to his son. “The Corps” has a lot of generational members.)
However you celebrate, happy birthday, Marines!
As we have several times over the years, here’s the “official” link to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blog for 2020 Veterans Day discounts on everything from meals to hotels and haircuts.
It is updated several times daily, so keep checking for deals. Realize that not all the deals might be listed. Here you go: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/80347/veterans-day-2020-discounts/
According to the latest data, there are 18 million living Veterans today. That number includes 500,000 from World War II, and 600,000 who served In Vietnam. Those numbers are dwindling, but for those of us who grew up under the guidance of the “greatest generation” the veterans of World War II remain our heroes.
That, however, should never let those who served after Vietnam think we don’t appreciate your service. Having seen you in action across the middle east, there’s still no quit in our military.
You continue to show the best and brightest qualities of duty, honor and country.
Thank you all for your service.