Veteran's Day: Honoring Those Who Served or are Still Serving

by Brian Kavanagh 8. November 2012

Veterans Day 2012

November 11th is the day we honor our veterans and active military as an expression of gratitude for their service and sacrifice to our country. But where did Veterans Day come from?

The 11th Hour

Veterans Day stemmed from the end of World War I, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Although the Treaty was signed in June, fighting stopped seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, was recognized as Armistice Day, until the Korean War ended in 1954. It was then renamed Veterans Day, in order to pay tribute to all veterans and active military.

How You Can Help Out This Veterans Day

For those who want to help out our veterans, here are three ways you can volunteer and make a difference in the lives of America's heroes.

Wounded Warrior Project - Wounded Warrior helps service members injured in the line of duty get access to programs that directly meet their needs. Check out the site to find out how you can perform a day of service (or more!) in your area.

Buddy to Buddy - Buddy to Buddy connects veterans with service members and vets of our recent military operations overseas in order to provide them with peer support and be a connection to helpful resources. If you have served your country, please consider helping a fellow hero!

United We Serve - United We Serve is a White House-led program that helps connect volunteers with local opportunities to help. You can also post projects on the site to get help for your own local initiative helping military veterans and their families.

Celebrate Our Veterans

No matter how you spend this Veterans Day, don’t forget that it’s all about the service of our brave men and women. We’re honored to be able to provide our services to veterans across the country. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of our military service members and veterans for keeping our country safe and free.

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