Veterans Day began in 1919 and represents the time to remember and honor the veterans.
President Woodrow Wilson was the first American President who proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. During his speech he said:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Did you know that 20% of the homeless population are veterans? This means there are about 131,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. 33% of the male homeless people are veterans, 47% served Vietnam, 17% served post-Vietnam, 15% served pre-Vietnam, 67% served three or more years, 33% were stationed in war zone, 85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans, 89% received an honorable discharge, 79% reside in central cities16% reside in suburban areas, 5% reside in rural areas, 76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems, 46% are white males, compared to 34% of non-veterans, 46% are age 45 or older, compared to 20% non-veterans, 45% need help finding a job, 37% need help finding housing.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the top issue in America regarding veterans. It is a disorder that is affecting and will affect most of the people who fought wars and were witnesses to violence. This mean we should honor and respect our veterans and be more sympathetic. Show your appreciation to the veteran next to you and say a sincere “Thank you!”
Take your time and reflect on our nation’s defense leading up to and in the years following the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. That’s the moment when fighting ceased in World War I. First Veterans Day was celebrated one year later.
In case you’re looking for Veterans Day Thank you Quotes, here are two good examples:
1. “The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” – Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
2. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou