This Thursday, November 11th, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor those brave men and women who served in our armed forces in times of peace and war.
Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” as a holiday to celebrate the end of World War I and honor those who served. The first official Armistice Day was November 11, 1938. After the Second World War and Korean War, the U.S. Congress decided in 1954 to change the holiday to “Veterans Day” and on November 11th, honor all who served in the U.S. military.
This Veterans Day, we take a moment to honor our men and women who made the commitment to serve their country with life, fortune and sacred honor should it be asked of them. It is because of their commitment and sacrifice, that we enjoy freedom everyday here in America. To all our veterans, thank you for your service.
For more information on veterans’ programs, visit the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs website. Below is a segment taken from the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs website detailing a special Veterans Day offer by Applebee restaurants:
• Applebee restaurants will again provide a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans on Thursday, November 11, 2010. This year, Applebee’s in offering a new Veterans Day menu, which includes some of its signature and favorite items. All U.S. veterans and active duty personnel with proof of current or former military service are eligible. Proof of service is required in the form of a Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, or Citation or Commendation. Applebee initiated this program nationwide for the first time last year and provided over a million meals to members of the military.