Dear Amy: Why does the United States celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11? — James T., Scottsdale, Arizona
Dear James: This is such a great question as we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Originally, an armistice declaration was issued when World War I hostilities ceased at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. The next year, President Woodrow Wilson declared that this day, Armistice Day, would be set aside to honor veterans of the war that had been called the “war to end all wars.”
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. Read about it at History of Veterans Day, va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.
There are many ways you and your family can honor veterans. You can visit a local retirement home, listen to their stories and thank them for their service. You could also send a letter expressing gratitude at A Million Thanks, amillionthanks.org/send_a_letter.php. Another idea is to foster a soldier’s pet during deployment. For more ideas, visit 100 Ways to Honor a Veteran, nowurthinking.com/100-ways-to-honor-a-veteran.
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