Veterans Day

Flags, representing each branch of our Armed Services, in the Hall of Veterans at Brewster Place in Topeka, Kansas

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, is always on November 11 to commemorate the end of World War I, which came about at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 2016, an official observance was added to the U.S. Code, saying that the President “shall issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United State to observe two minutes of silence in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history or the Nation.” Times are then listed for each time zone. It seems fitting that our time of observance is at 1:11 pm!

There is always debate about the spelling of this day – “Veterans’ Day,” “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans Day.” Is it a possessive noun- a day belonging to Veterans, or is it an attributive noun – a day honoring Veterans? As a grammar nerd, I suppose it could be argued for any of those spellings, but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs declares it to officially be an attributive noun: Veterans Day.

Merely saying “Thank you” is just not enough to show gratitude for our men and women who wore our country’s uniform – as well as to who loved them, who endured their own trials while continuing life here at home. It is only because of you that we have the freedom to _____________. Fill in the blank.

Really.

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