Veterans Day 2019 will be honoured on Monday, November 11th, 2019. One of the famous federal holiday Veterans Day is typically observed on November 11th every year. However, if it occurs on a National Holiday ie. Sunday then the following Monday is designated as the Federal holiday, and if it occurs on a Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be designated as Veterans Day. Meanwhile, when the observance of Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is designated as the Federal holiday. For years when the 11th is on a Saturday, either Friday or next Saturday may be designated as the Federal recognition of Veterans Day.
The Federal holiday and November 11th dates are quite different, Veterans Day activities may take place on both days; many activities are often scheduled the weekend leading up to Veterans Day 2019 even during years when both dates match.
The theme for the 2019 Veterans Day Poster is: “Service” – To serve for the country
Veterans contribute to American society in many ways; not only just spending their time in active duty. Throughout our history, military service members have put on their uniforms to protect the values and liberties that this nation was built on. But that doesn’t stop till the uniform comes off and their time in active duty has ended.
Veterans take the lessons they have learned and the experiences they’ve gained and continued their service to their nation by strengthening their communities. They become our nation’s scientists, leaders, entrepreneurs. Veterans are the most pro-active volunteers working to improve communities across our country. Service goes beyond the official uniform.
This Veteran’s Day 2019, we honour the all-time great men and women who have worn their uniform who continue to serve our country.
America’s Parade on Veteran Day 2019 – New York, NY
The parade on veterans day will occur on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. It starts at Noon and concludes at around 3:30 pm. After this, a youth tribute march introduces the parade at 11:05 a.m. The further parade and schedules are as below.
Veterans Day History
Veterans Day is observed every year on the second week of November. Veterans Day evolved from Armistice Day, which was proclaimed in 1919 by the American President Woodrow Wilson. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting; Armistice Day recognizes the end of World War One when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs official site, on November 11th, 1947 Raymond Weeks, a famous World War II veteran, organized a world level “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, Alabama to recognize all-time veterans.
This celebration may have helped influence Congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize Veterans of all United State wars.
First “official” or semi-official Veterans Day?
The residents of Emporia, Kansas might have some other views or they might disagree. According to the Emporia Conventional and Visitor Bureau official site, “In 1953 Veterans Day was organized and celebrated in Emporia, Kansas; one year prior to the first nationwide observance on November 11, 1954.”
American President Dwight D. Eisenhower made November 11 the official national observance of Veterans Day after Kansas Congressman Ed Rees proposed the bill in Congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
The observance wasn’t always held on the 11th of the month; History.com reports that decades later in 1968, legislation known as the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, moving Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October as of 1971. In 1975 American President Gerald Ford returned the observance to November 11, to celebrate the historic nature of the date.
Difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honouring military personnel who dies in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of a wound sustained during the battle, while Veterans Day is basically intended to thank all those who honourably served in the military – in wartime or peacetime.