Your Ancestors - Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it — like how it’s spelled or whom exactly it celebrates.

Some people think it is spelled: “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day,” but they’re wrong. The holiday is not a day that “belongs” to one veteran or multiple veterans, which is what an apostrophe implies. It’s a day for honoring all veterans — so no apostrophe needed.

This day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive – any time period — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It is not Memorial Day (in May) which honors those who died in service.

The date of November 11th was chosen since it marked the end of ‘The Great War’ – World War One in 1918. So the November 11th date is celebrated no matter when it comes during the week.

If you have not researched any ancestors who served in the military, now is the time. You might be surprised. Here is a free online link to and suggested sites to do research related to military service.

Photos: Veterans Day

Related Blogs:

Stories of Our Veterans

Ancestral Military Veterans

Using the Veterans Census of 1890

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