The History of Veterans Day and How to Celebrate in 2021
November 11, 2021
As service members and veterans of the Armed Forces (and their families), you’re already aware of the significance of Veteran’s Day—but do you know anything about its history?
Observed annually on November 11, this federal holiday dates back to November 11, 1919. That was when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as “Armistice Day,” a day to commemorate the conclusion of World War 1, which had ended one year prior. Fast-forward to 1954, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday to “Veterans Day” to further solidify the day’s purpose: to honor and remember the sacrifices of U.S. veterans, both living and no longer with us.
There are many ways to celebrate Veterans Day, such as visiting a veterans’ hospital, sending care packages to deployed troops, or supporting veteran-owned businesses. Of course, veterans themselves can join in on the celebration by taking advantage of Veterans Day discounts! In 2021, retailers, restaurants, and companies like Walgreens, Wendy’s, Home Depot, Big Lots, and many more will be offering special deals just for veterans. Find details via the links below!
Where can veterans get free food on Veterans Day? [USA Today]
Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts For 2021 [U.S. Veterans Magazine]
Veterans Day 2021 Deals, Discounts and Freebies to Honor Those Who Served [Parade]