November 11, 1919 was the day that World War 1 ended. It was called “Armistice Day” marking the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observation of November 11. Then in 1938, that day become a national holiday paying tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, yet focusing on those veterans living and their service to our great country.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the day’s name from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day in 1954. This year marks the 100th anniversary of WW 1 ending.
As a mom, I have tried to instill my son to have a great respect for those who have served and are serving our country not just on Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day, but every day. Here are some ideas that I have implemented with my son.
- When you see a person in a U.S. military uniform, go walk up to them, look them in the eye, smile, and say clearly, “Thank you for your service to our country and to keeping our freedoms.” (We apply this to policemen, firemen, etc… as well except we thank them for their service to our city.)
- Whenever you hear our national anthem, you stop, stand, and place your hand over your heart out of respect for those who have given all for our freedoms.
- Write a note of thanks to those veterans you know.
These are just ideas that we have implemented in our house. I have learned that if you show respect, you get respect.
The books above are some historical books that your children or yourself may like to read. Most can be found at your local library or online.