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Veterans day, also known by other names such as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day is celebrated each year on 11th November in the United States of America and some other countries also.
People across the United States celebrate this day by honoring the bravery and sacrifice of their military veterans.
Initially, in 1919, it was celebrated as Armistice day to mark the first anniversary of the depressing and mournful World War I and to remember all those veterans who were there in that war. But later in 1954, at the end of the Second World War, it was renamed ‘Veterans Day’ with the full support of the then US Government of Congress
How Veterans Day is Celebrated?
Veterans Day has different names around the world. It is referred to as Armistice Day in France, Belgium, Guadeloupe, French Polynesia, Martinique, and French Guyana. In the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, Canada, and the Isle of Man, they call it Remembrance Day and Veterans Day in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Armistice Day in France begins by keeping a one-minute silence at 11 am to remember the soldiers and then a grand parade is organized in which more than 60 state and government officials take part. Most of the french citizens gather together wearing black. Many military officials lay wreaths at the war memorials, which include the Ring of Remembrance, an international war memorial at Notre Dame, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A grand parade at Arc de Triomphe commemorates this event. Since it is a national holiday, most shops, offices, and banks remain closed.
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When Armistice was signed, it ordered the ‘immediate evacuation’ of Germany from some countries and Belgium was one of them. After that many monuments and statues were assembled all over Belgium. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created to honor the unidentified soldiers and various events take place under it every year. This tomb lies at the foot of the Colonne du Congrès in Brussels, celebrating the creation of the Belgian constitution. Various military events such as parades and speeches take place around this tomb. The Last Post Ceremony is organized at the Menin Gate.
In Canada, people wear red and white artificial poppies on their clothes to mark Remembrance Day. Many church services are organized on this day including The Last Post play, reading of the fourth verse of the Ode of Remembrance, and 2 minutes of silence at 11 am. Several ceremonies are held at National War Memorial in Ottawa. Canadian citizens offer letters, photographs, and flowers at the memorials and tombs.
4.United States of America
Veterans Day in the United States is celebrated by paying tribute and remembering all veterans who served in the US wars and also those who are still with them. The Tomb of the Unknowns hosts various ceremonies each year along with floral tributes. Many offices, schools, and other workplaces remain close to mark the importance of this day. People decorate their houses with American flags to respect soldiers’ immortality. Also, the church organizes various events and services to pay tribute to them. People honor the military by giving them military-themed gifts such as bottle openers, pens, and bottles with American flags on them.
In the U.K., there’s a two-minute silence at 11 a.m. every year, and people start wearing poppies on their clothes at least a month before Remembrance Day. The first official day of the Armistice was observed at Buckingham Palace by King George V on November 10, 1919. Thus, events are always organized by the Royal Family of Great Britain every year to maintain the significance of this day. Each year on the first Sunday that appears right after 11th November (this year on 13th November), the National Service of Remembrance takes place at Cenotaph on Whitehall, London admiring the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and services of all the civilians and women who were involved in those tragic World Wars.