I only know a handful a active service members, but try to make it a habit and reach  and say thank you for their service to our country. For those of you who don’t know the history of the holiday, here are a few notes about the holiday.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

The other important thing to remember about today, is that it is my wife’s “xx” birthday. Since there is no mail delivery on this day, she has never received a birthday card via the US Postal service on her birthday.veterans-day-at-arlington-national-cemetary-M