It started to mark the end of the “Great War,” “The War to end all Wars.” We know it today as World War I. The war ended at the 11th Hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The day was originally known as Armistice Day. Armistice Day eventually evolved into Veterans Day. Now, restaurants sponsor free meals for vets of all wars. Stores have sales. It is a day to recognize the military sacrifices of all men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States military.
So, whether you are a veteran of the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army or Coast Guard, thank you for your service.
Since Veterans Day is on a Friday this year, it would be a great weekend to take in some of the memorials and shrines honoring military service around the country. The World War II, Korean and Vietnam War memorials in DC are great attractions and pay a great respect to veterans. Arlington Cemetery would be a somber place to thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.
Almost every city has at least one memorial to honor its veterans and fallen. Pittsburgh has a nice walk along the Allegheny River downtown that displays military memorials. Indianapolis is the “monument city.” From the War for Independence to the Middle East campaigns, the city seems to have a memorial for almost every military campaign. We always try to visit at least one memorial wherever we travel.
Please take the time to visit a memorial and honor those who have selflessly served this great nation.
In the meantime, veterans and active duty members are invited to visit restaurants and other establishments for free or discounted meals. Known establishments offering free or discounted meals include Applebee’s, Chili’s, Twin Peaks, Hooters, TGI Friday’s, Famous Dave’s.
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