Why is November 11 Veterans Day?
In the United States, the Veterans Day is a yearly celebration that honors the military veterans. This is a federal holiday that is included among the other holidays printed in calendars. This encourages American citizens and tourists to join the celebration. Every employee is exempted from work and students are exempted from classes as well. All government institutions take the day off and only those who are required to work will work with extra compensation, of course. The Veterans Day is often celebrated by having a ravioli meal. Ravioli is a type of pasta where it is stuffed with meat or any kind of filling. This became a tradition ever since President Woodrow Wilson became aware that World War I is ending and the soldiers coming home are in dire of eating home-cooked meal. So he invited 2,000 soldiers to dine at the White House with ravioli being served. Thus, ravioli meal is famous especially when the Veterans Day is being celebrated.
As observed many, the Veterans Day is always celebrated on the 11th day of November of every year. Celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other countries, the Veterans Day is always celebrated on the 11th of November because it commemorates the signing of the Armistice that brought World War I to an end. It was President Woodrow Wilson who proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. Then on, the holiday was observed and celebrated in the United States of America. Usually, the celebration would include parades, public meetings and parties to pay tribute to the soldiers who fought for the defense of the country during World War I.
Until today, the Veterans Day is still commemorated by many American citizens, especially those whose relatives participated in the war.