Veteran’s Day is that time of year when we honor those who have served honorably in our nation’s military. But Veterans Day means more than ribbons and a day off — it’s a chance to truly recognize the men and women who have risked their lives to protect our way of life.
A Brief History of Veterans Day
Veterans day originally began as Armistice Day on the first anniversary of the first World War: November 11, 1919. It became an official observance by resolution of Congress in 1926, and then a national holiday in 1938. Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day by Eisenhower in 1954.
Some tend to confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. While the latter is intended to honor Americans who died during battle, Veterans Day is a tribute to all Veterans, but focusing on those still with us.
There are over twenty-three million military veterans in the US. Thirty-nine percent of those are over the age of sixty-five, with almost eight million living veterans having served in Vietnam, 2.6 million during WWII, and 2.8 million in Korea.
Showing Our Appreciation
Metropolitan Shuttle appreciates our veterans. That is we are especially proud of the fact that we are one of the biggest transportation vendors for the VA. Every single day, Metropolitan Shuttle organizes hundreds of trips taking our war veterans to their medical appointments across the United States. We are honored to play a role in helping veterans get the medical care they need and deserve – not just on Veterans Day but every day.
How to Honor Our Veterans
What are some ways you can honor the men and women who risked their lives serving our country?
- Volunteer. Deliver a care package or a meal to a veteran. Offer your time or expertise (such as home repair) to a veteran or their family.
- If you know a veteran, write them a letter, postcard, or note letting them know you are thinking of them.
- Attend an event, such as a parade or service, happening near you, to show your appreciation.
- Visit a wounded veteran at a VA hospital or clinic.
- Donate to one of the many organizations that support our veterans.
- Fly the flag.
- Just say thank you to a veteran, or listen to their story.