… it was called Armistice Day. It commemorated the day when the fighting stopped during World War I. The formal end was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 That was to have been “the war to end all wars.”
However, it was not and, in 1954, Nov. 11 became a holiday to honor American Veterans of all wars.Today, there are about 18 million veterans of several wars. They regularly deal with stereotypes and misconceptions, some of them borne of good intentions, but that can cause some hard feelings even so.
This Bias Busters guide is not for veterans, but civilians, giving them accurate, straightforward information they need to better understand and appreciate military personnel. Among the questions:
- How are commissioned and noncommissioned officers different?
- How common is it for veterans to be homeless?
- What is the GI Bill?
- What are the meanings of Memorial Day and Veterans Day?