Remembering the history of Veterans Day and the Veterans it honors
We wanted to take a moment to observe the upcoming holiday and thank all veterans. Your service is truly selfless, and truly heroic.
A LOOK BACK
According to the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs, the tradition of honoring veterans with a holiday began in 1918, after the end of what is commonly referred to as the “war to end all wars.” World War I, which had become known as the time of “the great war” ended with the signing of the treaty of Versailles in the Palace of Versailles in France. The physical portion of the battle had ended 7 months earlier when an armistice, or temporary stop to war between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect in “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
It was President Woodrow Wilson in November of 1919, who proclaimed November 11 as the first-ever Armistice Day when he noted: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Since the beginning, Veterans day celebrated those who had served. It began as a day filled with parades, meetings and a short break in the day observed right at 11:00 a.m.
A governmental Act approved on May 13, 1938 made 11/11 every year a legal holiday that was to be dedicated to honoring the cause of world peace and known as “Armistice Day.” Today, it is recognized across the United States, and an important time when we join together to remember and honor people who have done so much for our nation.
At Geppetto Catering, one of our favorite ways to spend a holiday is in the kitchen. We enjoy breaking bread with friends and loved ones who have served in our military, and talking with them about their lives, their memories, and their motivations over a warm meal. Gathering around the table with those we admire and love creates new, intimate and special memories every year that we are truly grateful for.
Veterans deserve ALL the accolades—and that’s an understatement. Check out this list of discounts and special deals, especially for veterans from military.com. Again—THANK YOU to all veterans everywhere. We are in awe of your bravery, your values, and your accomplishments.