Monday, November 9, 2015

Veterans Day - Thank you for your service

Veterans Day this year is Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Why do we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11?  Here's the description from The US Department of Veterans Affairs:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, 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, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

The holiday was originally called Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I.  In 1938, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.

My #1 son is a member of the US Navy and currently deployed overseas.  The last time he was home, he went with us to Knott's Berry Farm, one of the many business establishments which offer free and discounted rates to active duty military and veterans to thank them for their service.  He was NOT wearing his uniform, but his posture, demeanor, and haircut definitely identified him as military.  It was amazing the number of park visitors and employees who came up to specifically thank him for his service.

Here are lists of Veterans Day discounts compiled by The Military Wallet 
Free and Discounted Meals

Free and Discounted Park Admissions

Discounts – Retail Stores & More

To all veterans, thank you for your service.

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