Here at Sword and Plough, we sincerely appreciate the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. From choosing to work with veteran-owned or partially operated manufacturers to donating 10% of our profits to veteran organizations, we never lose sight of the “why” behind the things we do. So, naturally, we’re big fans of Veterans Day.
In honor of the upcoming holiday, we’ve created a mini-guide to Veterans Day. Here’s what you need to know:
What is Veterans Day?
On November 11th 1919, one year after the armistice agreement that ended World War I, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation officially decreeing November 11th as Armistice Day in the United States. Essentially, the day was meant to honor not just the veterans who served in the First World War, but also newfound world peace (remember: the war was also known as “the war to end all wars”).
In 1954, in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. The new holiday was to be more inclusive, celebrating all veterans who had served in defense of our nation.
What is it not?
Veterans Day is not Memorial Day. While Memorial Day solemnly remembers those who have died in defense of a grateful national, Veterans Day focuses on a more general population of those who have served in our nation’s military in both war and peace time.
When is Veterans Day?
While Veterans Day is often observed on the Monday closest to November 11th; the actual day of remembrance continues to be November 11th as it holds significant historical importance. This year, Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, November 11th. Monday, November 12th is the federal holiday for Veterans Day (observed).
How Do You Celebrate Veterans Day?
A Moment of Silence: The easiest way to celebrate Veterans Day is to simply take a moment of silence on November 11th at 11:00 (the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month). Traditionally, this silence last two minutes. Take this time to remember and thank the brave men and women who have served.
Donate time, money, or other needed things: Many veteran organizations are looking for volunteers, financial contributions, or supply donations to help continue their mission. If you’re looking for a reputable organization to contribute to, you can check out the veteran non-profits Sword & Plough supports here.
Visit a Local VA Hospital: While there are veterans in every generation, many elderly veterans no longer have family or friends to come visit them in nursing homes or hospitals. Veterans Day is an ideal time to swing by a local Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital and keep a veteran company. You’ll probably hear a heck of a good story while you’re there too! You can check to see if you live near a VA hospital here.
Are There Special Discounts for Veterans on Veterans Day?
Yes! While it can never compare to the sacrifice our veterans have made or continue to make each day, many stores and restaurants offer some type of discount to veterans on Veterans Day. You can see a full list of Veteran’s Day discounts here and a list of everyday discounts here.
As a token of our appreciation, Sword & Plough offers a lifetime 20% military discount to all U.S. active duty military personnel, National Guard members, Reservists, veterans, retired personnel, spouses and Gold Star family members. You can learn more about our military discount here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Veronica Bryant is an active duty Army officer currently serving in South Korea. As a fourth generation Army officer and soon-to-be fourth generation military spouse, she was immediately drawn to the mission of Sword and Plough. She loves being a Sword and Plough brand champion for so many reasons, including that it allows her to give back to the community that has supported her since birth. Her other favorite thing about Sword and Plough? “Only Sword and Plough can make me want to wear camo off duty!"
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