What is the Veterans Day and why is it celebrated on November 11?
- The Veterans Day celebrates and extends gratitude for everyone who has served in the armed forces
- The tradition began on the final day of World War 1 when Germany conceded America’s victory in 1918
- The Veterans Day in India is celebrated on January 15 in relation with Army day.
Incumbent President Donald Trump will reportedly make his first public appearance post the US election results to visit Arlington National Cemetery on the occasion of Veterans Day, reported Reuters.
Veterans Day that falls on November 11 every year is celebrated to commemorate the valor and fortitude of veterans who served in US armed forces both in wartime and in peace.
America will mark its 102nd Veterans Day this year shared with 245th Birthday of US Marine Corps.
The tradition began on the final day of World War 1 when Germany conceded America’s victory in 1918.
The occasion celebrates and extends gratitude for everyone who ever had or is serving in the armed forces.
“Veterans day largely intended to thank veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.” Reuters quoted US Department of Veteran Affairs.
A brief history of Veterans Day in US
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the occasion celebrates the conclusion of the first world war when an armistice was signed between German and allied forces.
A resolution was then authorized in the US Congress in 1926 to observe the day along the lines of thanksgiving with prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations. The day was named Armistice Day.
Veterans Day in India
The Veterans Day in India is celebrated on January 15 in relation with Army day.
The occasion is marked on this day every year as a sign of respect and acknowledgement of the services rendered by K. M. Cariappa , the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army.
Field Marshall Carippa led Indian forces in 1947 war, became Commander-in-Chief on 15 Jan 1949 and retired on 14 Jan 1953.