This is the 2022 Commemorative Veterans Day Poster, designed by Briana Cummings, a visual information specialist who has worked at the Erie VA Medical Center (VMAC) in Erie, Pennsylvania since January 2020.
Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day?
Both are wrong. There is no apostrophe in Veterans Day because the apostrophe indicates possession. Every veteran who is alive or has died is honored on this day, and it doesn’t belong to any of them. It actually belongs to you, because it is a special day set aside for you to celebrate our veterans.
A Brief History of Veterans Day
On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles officially marked the end of World War I. But the war had actually ended when the fighting came to a halt on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918. That was when the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice (a truce). “The war to end all wars” was considered to have ended on November 11th, 1918, and was originally dubbed Armistice Day. It took all the way until 1926 for Congress to officially recognize it as the end of the war, and it was 1938 before it became an official holiday to honor veterans of WWI.
Then—World War II and the Korean War followed, dashing the hopes that WWI would truly be the war to end all wars. So, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” to honor all American veterans of all wars.
What followed next was a lot of confusion over dates. In 1968, Congress signed the Uniform Holiday Bill, which meant that a few federal holidays (including Veterans Day) would fall on a Monday. Inexplicably, the bill set Veterans Day commemorations for the fourth Monday of every October. When it went into effect three years later, many states were unhappy and decided to recognize the day in November. Others followed suit. As Veterans Day had historic and patriotic significance, on September 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed yet another law (Public Law 94-97), returning the annual observance to November 11, beginning in 1978.
Some people can’t understand the difference between Memorial Day (a Monday holiday) and Veterans Day. It’s actually pretty simple. Memorial Day is a day to remember all who have died in wars. Veterans Day commemorates all veterans, living or dead, whether they served in wartime or in peacetime.
Ways to Honor Veterans on Veterans Day
We ought to look at Veterans Day as a jumping-off point and celebrate veterans 365 days a year. But on their special day, here are some ways you can honor those who have served (or are currently serving) their country.
3) Read—and share—good news about veterans
4) Environmental and Disaster Response organizations need your support
5) Help a veteran get reintegrated into community
6) Advocate for veterans
7) Take someone to the park
8) Support service dogs for veterans
Communication is key
I have offered several ways to show gratitude to and honor for our veterans. They gave all they had to give; now it’s your turn to give back to them. They keep America free!