KENILWORTH, NJ - What is Veterans Day? Veterans Day is celebrated yearly on November 11, 2019. It is a day when we honor our veterans and those who have served. Originally November 11 held a different meaning for many Americans and those around the world. On November 11, 1918, World War I had come to a close and all hostilities had ended. Exactly one year later, it was officially celebrated as Armistice Day, a day to remember the veterans of World War I.
It wasn’t until 1945 when World War II veteran Raymond Weeks of Alabama had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. Raymond led the campaign to celebrate all veterans and it wasn’t until 1954 when Armistice Day was officially renamed to Veterans Day.
To most Americans it is a day of parades and celebrations, but Veterans Day holds a different meaning. To mothers and fathers of past or present servicemen and women they will reflect on what it was like to send their children off to war. For the veterans, they will humbly receive thank you for your service. Around our nation Americans will take a moment to pause, reflect, and think about those that have served in all branches of our armed forces and those who continue to serve today. That is the true meaning of Veterans Day.