Today on November 11, we celebrate Veteran’s Day. Here at SRQ Vets, we are local veterans volunteering to serve fellow local veterans and are here to inform you about why Veterans Day is so important and meaningful. Read on to learn more about this monumental day and how it came to be what we know it as today.
Veteran’s Day is celebrated every year on November 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I, as a way to honor military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This holiday honors military veterans that are still with us today, which is different from Memorial Day where we honor those who have passed on. This important holiday was originally started in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson, who named it Armistice Day to commemorate the end of the war.
In 1945, Raymond Weeks declared that it should honor all veterans rather than only the soldiers who were lost during the war. Nine years later in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans, rather than exclusively those who fought in WWI. That same year, the National Veterans Award was created. It specifically honored outstanding veterans who made contributions to veteran organizations all around the country.
SRQ Vets keeps the spirit and dedication of Veterans Day alive 365 days of the year. We are local veterans who are dedicating our time to aid other fellow veterans in our communities. Our goal is to make realistic, positive impacts for local veterans in the communities of Sarasota and Manatee counties.
We work to build and strengthen individual veterans as well as provide a sense of community for all. We also work hard to raise awareness on issues such as PTSD, joblessness, homelessness, and more. If you would like to donate to our cause or get involved, reach out today by calling us at 941-777-8387. We hope everyone has a very special Veteran’s Day and can’t wait to continue helping our fellow veterans!