A Salute to Veterans on Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day is a US national holiday, celebrated each November 11th. It is a day to honor American veterans of all wars. It originally began as Armistice Day in 1919, a day to commemorate the Armistice that ended World War I, but over the next few decades the holiday’s name and celebration changed until on June 1, 1954, November 11th officially became a day to honor all American veterans who have served in war.

Celebrations of Veteran’s Day include parades and ceremonies, as well as flying the US flag. Although not as popular in the US as it once was, citizens in the UK, Canada, France, South Africa, Bermuda, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia still pause to observe one or two moments of silence at 11 a.m. (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).

The photo above is the winner of the 2017 Veteran's Day Poster Contest. Find past year's winners at the  Gallery of Veteran’s Day Posters .

The photo above is the winner of the 2017 Veteran's Day Poster Contest. Find past year's winners at the Gallery of Veteran’s Day Posters.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Amanda Erwin is pictured above clockwise from top left: during an exercise for chemical environments, with an Air Force bomber in Qatar, sharing a holiday meal with the troops, and loading a pallet in special handling for the aerial port. In the center, she hugs her son good-bye. Amanda also serves as a Software Support Analyst for the Finance team at Escape Technology.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Amanda Erwin is pictured above clockwise from top left: during an exercise for chemical environments, with an Air Force bomber in Qatar, sharing a holiday meal with the troops, and loading a pallet in special handling for the aerial port. In the center, she hugs her son good-bye. Amanda also serves as a Software Support Analyst for the Finance team at Escape Technology.

Thank you, Amanda, and all of the men and women of our armed forces for your service.