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.