Ever wonder why veterans day is on the 11th and does not change?
World War I, the war to end all wars, effectively ended by treaty between the Allied Forces and Germany on the 11th month on the 11th day on the 11th hour.
The World War I poem “In Flanders Fields” the opening lines refer to poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the soil from soldiers’ graves in the Flanders region of Belgium. These small red flowers were adopted by the National American Legion as their official symbol of remembrance in 1920. Other Veterans organizations around the world followed by adopting the poppy as a symbol of remembrance as well.
This short story may help explain the symbolism for Veterans Day.
Today I saw a man selling poppies stop a lady and asked if he could re-position her poppy.
While doing so he told that lady she should wear the poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War I formally ended. He worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them.
Unlike Memorial Day which remembers the fallen, Veterans Day is set aside for us to appreciate and celebrate our living Veterans.
Veterans Day is meant to honor the service of all U.S. military veterans. So, THANK A VET!