Thank you, military!
The month of November is home to two very important holidays in the calendar year. First, we havwhen an armistice was enacted between Germany and the Allied nations on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In 1938, an Act was approved which made November 11th a legal holiday known as Armistice Day, a day set aside for parades and to commemorate the soldiers who fought in World War I. However, after the devastation of World War II, in 1954, the Act of 1938 was amended and Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day, honoring all soldiers who had fought in any wars. Between 1971 & 1977, Veteran’s Day was celebrated on a Monday, with a revolving date, to allow federal workers to enjoy a longer 3-day weekend. However, the mass chaos and confusion that ensued made the President think twice about such an important day and President Gerald Ford returned Veteran’s Day to November 11, starting in 1978. Some cities and states have parades to commemorate this day and pictures of streets lined with veterans in wheelchairs, surrounded by grateful people cheering them on, waving flags. Another way to show respect and honor those who have fought for the freedoms which we enjoy is to visit the national cemetery and say a prayer for those who have lost their lives. Others feel that the best way to honor our veterans is to donate to the VA, either with money or time. You can volunteer or donate your gently used goods to the Vietnam veterans, who will also come and pick up the stuff from you.
November marks the start to the holiday season, as the temperature gets colder, the festive mood increases. Make sure that you take a moment to think about those less fortunate than yourself. Perhaps it’s time to think about donating your money, goods, food, or time to lend a helping hand to those in need out there.