If you want to celebrate Veterans Day this year, you’ve got all of November to thank our country’s service members.
By an executive proclamation, President Donald Trump has designated all of November 2018 as National Veterans and Military Families Month.
“I encourage all communities, all sectors of society, and all Americans to acknowledge and honor the service, sacrifices, and contributions of veterans and military families for what they have done and for what they do every day to support our great Nation,” Trump wrote in a statement posted to the White House website.
According to the Military Times, the proclamation aligns with other gestures of recognition the president has made to the U.S. military veterans community.
“I was pleased to sign into law the landmark VA MISSION Act of 2018, which revolutionizes the way veterans receive healthcare and other services vital to their lives,” Trump’s statement continued.
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Veterans Day, which is traditionally observed on November 11, was first observed as Armistice Day in 1919, marking the end of World War I. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the holiday to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize and honor all veterans.
Congress, in 1968, declared that Veterans Day would be celebrated on the fourth Monday in October every year. It only served to confuse people, and lost the historical significance of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Ten years later, the date was changed back to the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Now, it’s the whole month.
“Every day of the month there will be an event celebrating our veterans and service members,” Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin told reporters in a White House press conference.
Along with the extra 29 days of accolade, veterans will be receiving new ID cards, and familiarizing themselves with the new 24/7 White House veterans hotline, Shulkin said.
According to Task and Purpose, the VA has planned veteran visits with NFL teams, suicide prevention programs, and a number of other events throughout November, with a full schedule available on the VA’s website.
Learn more in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.