Veterans Day is one of America’s most popular holidays. However, this does not mean that there aren’t many misconceptions surrounding it. In order to better honor the men and women who give their all in the defense of this country, we present you with these important facts and myths about Veterans Day.
- Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe: If you know people have been placing an apostrophe between the “n” and the “s” in Veterans Day, please ask them to stop it. The day honors all veterans. It is not meant to honor a specific veteran or subset of veterans.
- Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day: This is a common misconception among civilians. The distinction is that Memorial Day honors those who have died defending our country. Veterans Day honors all who have or who are currently serving our nation in the armed forces.
- Veterans Day consist of a yearly wreath laying ceremony: Every year at exactly 11 a.m. a wreath-laying ceremony is held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery. Commonly, the President of the United States presides over the ceremony.
- Other countries celebrate it, too: Canada and Australia, for example, celebrate “Remembrance Day” on Nov. 11. Great Britain observes their Veterans Day on the Sunday closest to the 11th. They do so with parades and with a moment of silence for their fallen warriors.
- Veterans Day was once known as Armistice Day: Veterans Day was once intended to primarily honor those who died in World War I but was later amended to include all veterans who have served in the US military.
- In 1984 an unknown soldier from the Vietnam War was reburied in Arlington National Cemetery: He was later indentified through DNA test as Michael Blassie, a 24-year-old pilot shot down in 1972.
The sacrifices that our brave men and women make to this country are worth honoring every day. We are veterans who also do so by providing our customers with USMC Marine Corps Gifts that are made in the USA and that bear the emblems of the Marine Corps.
On Saturday, November 10, 2018 The Marine Corps celebrated its 243rd birthday. Not only does the Corps not show signs of slowing down – imagine if it were your 243rd birthday – but it has actually grown stronger and more robust with each passing year. (Prior to the year 1921, the birthday of the Marines was celebrated on different dates. However, formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps began on 10 November 1921.) That is because of the men and women who serve and because the USMC has recognized that in order to grow stronger as an institution and continue to protect this great nation, it has had to adapt. Let’s take a little time to look back at the past, present and future of our illustrious organization as it continues to keep the nation we love free.
The Marine Corps began back in November 10, 1775 when two battalions of Continental Marines were in Philadelphia to serve as a branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore. Thus, the idea of being able to adapt has always been a part of the character of the Marine Corps. Since then the Marines have served in nearly every conflict in United States history. The men and women there have distinguished themselves in actions such as the Barbary Wars, the Mexican American War, Spanish American War and of course World Wars I and II.
Celebrations and Ceremonies
While this date does not occupy the public consciousness as much as a day like Memorial Day or Veterans Day, celebrations honoring the birthday of the USMC are abound all throughout the nation. Since 1925 birthday celebrations, formal balls, dances, sporting events and even mock battles were held to commemorate the holiday. Today, celebrations range from parades to other special events all across the nation. So, it is with great pride that we honor the birthday of the Marine Corps an institution that only grows stronger, leaner and more efficient every year. It does so through the contributions of technology, improved training and of course, men and woman who desire to better themselves while protecting our great nation. However you decide to recognize and honor this historic benchmark, we have Marine Corps gifts you can give to veterans and active duty personnel. We are supported by veterans and all our products are made here in the greatest nation on earth – The United States of America.