Navy Pier would like to thank all veterans for their service and recognize Veterans Day as an opportunity to not only celebrate all of our freedoms and those who sacrificed to preserve it, but also to remind our amazing Navy-Pierians (how about Navy Pier-ians instead?) about what exactly Veterans Day means to so many of our fellow Americans.
It is not too often that those most deserving of our nation’s recognition are granted that observance. However, in 1918 to celebrate the end of World War I, which took place on November 11, Armistice Day was declared a U.S. holiday. In 1938, legislation was passed that “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armstice Day.’” This holiday was solely dedicated to the veterans of WWI.
Not too many years later, after WWII and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress at the urging of veterans service organizations amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans”.
Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day.
What’s more, some Americans don’t know why we commemorate our Veterans on Nov.11. It’s imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former service members properly.
Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime.
The mission of the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. For more information on the USO at Navy Pier please visit: http://www.navypier.com/din_shop/uso.html
For more information on Veterans Day, please visit http://www.military.com/veterans-day/history-of-veterans-day.htm