Each year on the 11th day of the 11th month, Americans celebrate Veterans Day, a tradition born from the signing of the Armistice that ended of World War I. It is a day when all Americans honor the brave men and women who have defended our nation and preserved our way of life. They are America’s best.
We have a saying here at VA – “Every day is Veterans Day.” And it is true. As an organization, it is VA’s honor to care for our nation’s finest citizens. As employees, it is our patriotic duty to serve and care for them.
Veterans Day, however, is truly a special day at VA facilities across the nation. The Veteran community gathers to share their experiences – experiences that often draw laughter as well as tears. Hundreds of communities, proud and thankful for their Veterans do the same, holding parades, special dinners and other celebrations for those that have allowed to us to grow and flourish as a Nation.
In honor of Veterans from coast to coast, The VAntage Point team is going to bring the sights and sounds of various celebrations across the country to you through images, stories and podcast.
While Veterans Day may be the highlight of our November, the celebration of Veterans and military families is already underway. The president recently signed a proclamation designating the entire month of November as National Veterans and Military Families Month.
This year, VA is expanding the tradition of Veterans Day and extending the observance for the whole month of November. We want all Americans to join us this month as we build on the significance of Veterans Day and better show our appreciation to those brave men and women who charged into harm’s way without reservation. Visit our website for a calendar of Veterans and Military Families Month activities at https://www.va.gov/vetsday.