The Celebration of Veterans Day
Veterans Day is a federal holiday that was created to honor all military personal who dedicated a time in their lives to serve and protect our country. On this day, we celebrate and remember their sacrifices to keep our country free.
Veterans Day was not always called Veterans Day. It was originally known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day was created for the memory of the retired or fallen soldiers of World War I. It wasn’t until 1945 when the idea of changing the name had risen to also celebrate the heroism of the retired or fallen soldiers in World War II. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day to commemorate all heroic soldiers who served at any period.
This memorable heroic holiday was initially celebrated on the fourth Monday in October to give families a three-day weekend to celebrate. Many states did not agree with the change and said it took away the significance of the holiday. Thus, we now celebrate Veterans Day every Nov 11 to remember the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, which is the last month, day, and hour of World War I in 1918.
Veteran Jacob Bulloch, who served as a Technical Sergeant, E-6 in the US Air Force after a little less than ten years of service as a foreign language analyst translating Korean and Arabic aboard several aircrafts is now currently the Military Outreach Coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University. Asked what Veterans Day meant to him, he said,
“We honor our veterans by valuing what they sacrificed to protect. The United States has an all-volunteer military force. All who enlisted in recent years have done so willingly because they saw something worth defending. Veterans Day is not just a time to celebrate military service, but a time to celebrate the causes that motivated that service.”
Thank you, former TSgt Jacob Bulloch; we appreciate your service in protecting our country.
Please remember while celebrating this special day with friends and family the true meaning of this holiday, and if you see a former or active duty military personal walk by, don’t forget to say a big thank you for their sacrifices in protecting our country and our freedom.