Happy Veteran’s Day 2018!

Happy Veteran’s Day to those that have served our Country with pride and courage during times of conflict and provided security during times of peace. Veteran’s Day is one of the few holidays that is not included in the uniformed holiday act which moved the observation of several holidays to Mondays to provided an extended weekend. Since its inception, Veterans Day has been celebrated on November 11th.

Previously known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, the date recognizes the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the Armistice with Germany went into effect, bringing an end to World War I. Though it was known by other monikers from 1918 until 1954, Veteran Day secured its place on the Federal Holiday list with a celebration day of November 11th unless that date falls on a Sunday and then the official Federal Holiday will fall to the following Monday.

It is estimated that there are more than 20 million Veterans in the United States. Almost seven million of our Veterans served in the Vietnam War and a little more than seven million served in the Gulf War. Only around 27% of our Veterans served during a time of peace, with the vast majority serving during times of turmoil.

As is customary with all Federal Holidays, government offices and local schools will be closed in observance and remembrance of those that served. Several local schools and organizations have planned Veterans programs to honor local veterans. The Jefferson County Post would like to express our gratitude to those that have served in the various branches of the military with honor and courage. Happy Veteran’s Day from our family to yours!

Source: Kristen Depew, News Director, Jefferson County Post