Hello, Camp People!
Today is Veteran’s Day. It’s a day we set aside to commemorate our veterans—our heroes. It’s a day to remind us about our gratitude to those in the armed services who fought for our country and our freedom. Everything Summer Camp extends immense gratitude to those who have fought so bravely. Thank you.
You can check out some of the posts I’ve written about Veterans Days past. Click here to read one with advice on how you can celebrate this federal holiday. And click here to look at a post that covers the origin of this day. This year, I thought I’d just cover some random facts about Veterans Day. Check them out:
Difference in Days
Veterans Day, Remembrance Day…Memorial Day?! What’s what here? There’s some confusion as to what each of these holidays is observing. Remembrance Day lands on today as well, celebrated in Canada for those who have died in military service. In the U.S., Veterans Day is a day to recognize all vets, living and dead. Memorial Day is the U.S. holiday in which we recognize those in the armed services who fought and died.
The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center has compiled a collection of over 65,000 war stories (including audiotape, videotape, written memoirs, letters, and other visual materials), all from individual veterans—some of which date back to the first world war!
U.S. Vets Today
As of two years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. population of vets stands at about 20 million—that’s 6.25% of the people in our country today! Let’s all make sure that we support those in our lives and in our world who have fought for our country.
In general, be sure to honor veterans, not just today, but all throughout the year. You can thank them with a simple note, a tasty treat, or a warm hug. Happy Veterans Day and thanks for reading!