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Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

old glory effectsVeterans Day is an official U.S. holiday that honors armed service veterans. It is traditionally celebrated on November 11, but in 1971, in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the observance of Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was returned to its original Nov 11 celebration.

It coincides with  holidays like Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of WW I were formally ended in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the German signing of the Armistice.

Sometimes, Veterans Day is confused with Memorial Day — here’s the difference: Veterans Day celebrates the service of ALL U.S. military veterans; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving

The legal holiday is still Nov 11, but if that date is a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday which is banks, post offices, and county and town offices close in this area and other parts as well.IMG_6355

Thanks to all veterans for their service including Grenville, a U.S. Navy veteran.

Remember to thank a veteran — or hug if a relative, spouse or good friend. THEY deserve it.

9 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

The Pres got his hug this morning!...:)JP

Linda Gross said...

Informative post that explains origins of Veterans Day, as well as difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. You are correct; some people do not know the difference. Happy Veterans Day to Grenville. I was in the service as well. I was in the Army in the mid-1970s.

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you Grenville, and to all our veterans, we remember them all.

Out on the prairie said...

A very benificial day in our year

Elaine said...

Huge thanks to Grenville and all those who have served our country and all their families.

Anvilcloud said...

Aha! I think I am now straight on the distinction.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Wonderful post! Huge thanks to Grenville and all those who have served our country and all their families.

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Loved this post! Thank you Grenville, and to all our veterans!

Sandra said...

God bless all our veterans, and thanks to G and to all the others including my brother who is a Vietnam vet

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