In an effort to serve those that serve us, Heroes at Home and The Money Millhouse work to provide free financial education to our service members and their families. In the past, USAA has partnered with us and they continue to celebrate Veterans Day as a very specific occasion during which we can honor and celebrate those who’ve served and continue to serve our country. Both of our organizations believe that celebrating our veterans encourages them to tell their stories about how and why they served in the effort to educate our public about our military community. Veterans Day stands as a reminder to celebrate the 20 million veterans (6 percent of our population) who have and continue to defend our country each and every day. We hope you will join us by taking a moment to honor veterans through a very simple action, share this with your followers, and invite them to participate as well. See the photo and this video to see who we are honoring from our families and why.
Celebrate veterans by following these quick and easy steps:
- Draw a V on your hand, and the initials of a veteran you personally would like to honor
- Snap a selfie – or have someone take the picture – showing your hand with the V
- Share the photo on your social channels tagging and mentioning #HonorThroughAction, along with a message of appreciation for our veterans
- Invite others to do the same as we head into Veterans Day… even tag and call out 2-3 you feel should act on this
- For more background on this campaign to honor those who have served, go to www.usaa.com/VeteransDay
Here’s a hint (from Ellie) about the veterans I’m honoring: I married one and gave birth to three!
Here are some more quick facts about Veteran’s Day:
- Many Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day; Veterans Day is meant to give thanks to our living veterans while Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their life while serving our country.
- One hundred years ago, peace came to the battlefields of Europe with the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This officially ended World War I – the war to end all wars.
- In commemoration of the war’s end, Armistice Day was first observed on Nov. 11, 1919.
- U.S. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938.
- In 954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation that changed the name to Veterans Day to honor everyone who took the oath in service to America and served honorably during war or peacetime.
- “On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- All around the world, countries commemorate Armistice Day which is also called Remembrance Day.
- Traditionally, two minutes of silence are held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in reverent remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country.
- The Royal British Legion sells poppies from October through Nov. 11 as a symbol to help honor and remember those who’ve fallen in service.