Veteran’s Day annually causes us to pause our financial topics. We dedicate a Veteran’s Day blog to the brave individuals who have served in the military of this great nation.
Veteran’s Day Brings A Slightly Confusing Date in 2018
2018 brings a twist to the usual date for Veteran’s Day. Typically, we honor veterans on the 11th of November. True to form, in the US, we typically observe Nov. 11 as Veteran’s Day—unless it falls on a Sunday. Then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave. (if it occurs on Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated.) And so it is that in 2018 because Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, we officially celebrate it on Monday, the 12th of November. Your bank and your post office will close, although it’s likely your local grocery store will do a brisk business.
Learn Some History in Honor of Veteran’s Day
In honor of our military veterans, we thought you’d like to learn a little history of Veteran’s Day USA. Let’s take a look at
some red-letter dates:
- “Veterans Day actually began as Armistice Day to honor the ending of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.” The world called that the Great War. And powerful people promised it would never happen again. They established Armistice Day. And the holiday became official in 1938.
- Alas, the peace of Armistice Day did not remain.
- World War II came, and then the Korean War.
- Thereafter, Viet Nam, other police actions and little wars have continuously kept our armed services quite busy. However, by the mid-twentieth century, it was no longer fair to recognize only the Veterans of World War I. So, following World War II and Korea, in 1954, the 83rd U.S. Congress modified the Act of 1938.
- You might guess what happened next. The law-makers removed the word “Armistice” and inserted the word “Veterans,” The wording is exacting, “With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day? About that Confusion…
Although we are a mortgage company, it seems like every year we find ourselves in the position of explaining the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. We want you to know that Memorial Day has a unique mission, separate from the above reason and history of Veteran’s Day. So–here is a tale of two holidays.
On the one hand, Memorial Day is the day we honor those who died serving in the military. The ones we honor on Memorial Day have given their lives in the service of their country.
The Difference Between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day
In case you do not know the story, here are some points about Memorial Day History:
1. “Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day.” Various communities throughout the country had already been observing this holiday by decorating graves with flowers in May.
2. It became official when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. Legend says that the May date was “chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”
3. The Name Change: As times changed, the legislature changed Decoration Day to Memorial Day. And that officially established it through the National Holiday Act of 1971.
The Big Difference: Veteran’s Day
On the other hand, Veteran’s Day is the day on which we honor all who have served in our military, living and dead, from all eras. So now you know the difference between Veteran’s Day, in which we honor all who have served in our military, and Memorial Day in which we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice–our military dead.
VA Mortgage Advantages: For Veteran’s Only
As in previous years, Palm State Mortgage Company believes this is a great time to express our pride in the courage and integrity of the individuals who have served in our military. Likewise, we encourage you to honor our military, not for just one day, but all year round.
A Gift from a Grateful Nation: The VA Loan Program
Just in case you are a veteran, Palm State Mortgage Company wants you to know your rights to a home loan with zero down payment. Check out this informative online resource, and feel free to call us if you have questions.