Veterans Day

US FlagToday is Veterans Day, and we here at Uncle Sam’s would like to thank those who have served and those who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Although Veterans Day officially became a holiday in 1954, November 11th has been reserved to honor those who have served in the U.S. military for much longer.

World War I (at the time known as “The Great War”) ended at the treaty of Versailles June 28, 1919. Fighting ended, however, with an armistice that went into effect November 11th 1918. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, saying,

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

In 1938, an act was approved to make Armistice Day a legal holiday. Armistice Day was celebrated until 1954, when it became Veterans Day. The significance of renaming the holiday is that Veterans Day celebrates and honors all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know many veterans who have visited the store over the years. If you have friends or family who have served in the military, or even if you just happen to see a veteran while you’re standing in line, or walking down the street, take the time to let them know that you appreciate their willingness to serve our country.

Thank you for your service!

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