Veterans Day 2020 Honoring All Who Served
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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This year Veterans Day 2020 marks:
• 75th anniversary of the end of WWII
• 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War
• 30th anniversary of the end of the Panama Invasion
• 30th anniversary of the beginning of Operation Desert Shield
“Looking back on centuries of Veterans’ service and sacrifice and what we have learned from the past, we must always maintain the vision for the future of Veterans. Putting the Veteran at the center, on Veterans Day we continue to honor all who served, while focusing on the needs of the next generation of Veterans.” ~ VA Statement
Veterans Day FAQs
We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
When was the first Veterans Day celebrated?
- In November 1919 at the end of World War I - President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as “Armistice Day”.
When did Veterans Day become a national holiday?
• On May 13, 1938 - November 11th Veterans Day became a National Holiday honoring Veterans of WWI by an act of Congress.
When was it first called ‘Veterans Day’?
• Although this holiday initially honored those who perished in service to their country - when the holiday’s name was changed to Veterans Day - it became a day to honor ALL the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States.
What is the 2020 Veterans Day program at Arlington National Cemetery?
• Each year, special Veterans Day ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
• To Be Livestreamed: “Recognition and commemoration of the Veterans who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Uniform Services”
• The nation’s 67th Veterans Day Observance to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Uniform Services during war and peacetime will be live-streamed from Arlington National Cemetery at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/25131.
• The Live Stream will begin at 11 am EST on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
• The U.S. Army Military District of Washington will conduct a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
• LIVESTREAM Link: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/25131.
Why is Veterans Day celebrated on November 11?
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front.
• The Armistice was signed at 5.12AM on 11 November but, for tidiness, it was agreed the ceasefire would take place at 11.00AM on the 11th day of the 11th month.
• In an extraordinary coincidence, the number plate of the car in which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was travelling when he was assassinated was A 111 118.
• In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress. It moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October.
• The Uniform Holidays Bill went into effect in 1971.
• In 1975, President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11 - due to the important historical significance of the date.
What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
• Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring military personnel who died while in service of their country; particularly those who died in battle or as a result of a wound sustained in battle.
• Veterans Day is intended to thank all those who honorably served in the military – in war time or peace.
Do other countries have a Veterans Day?
• Canada has Remembrance Day.
• Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Great Britain, the day is commemorated by church services and parades of ex-service members in Whitehall, a wide ceremonial avenue leading from London's Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Wreaths of poppies are left at the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, which was built after the First World War. At the Cenotaph and elsewhere in the country, a two-minute silence is observed at 11 a.m., to honor those who lost their lives in wars.
• In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
Short History of Veterans Day
Video: 3:28 minutes
Northern California Veterans Day Activities
National Veterans Day Activities
National Veterans Day Ceremony, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
• This year the event will be live-streamed from Arlington National Cemetery at https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/25131. Live-Streaming will begin at 11 am EST on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Wounded Warrior Project:
‘Honoring Our Warriors’ – Virtual Event
A virtual Veterans Day celebration to encourage Americans everywhere to celebrate Veterans Day from home.
The virtual event will be hosted by former NFL quarterback and current football analyst for ESPN Jesse Palmer, and includes musical performances, as well as veteran tributes during the broadcast.
Veterans Day Free Meals and Military Discounts
We are listing several sources for veterans day free meals and discounts.
• Each list for free meals and discounts has slightly different information. To get an overview of all veterans day offers available – we advise checking out all the lists.
• Most of the websites publishing the Veterans Day Free Meal lists are updating their lists daily.
• Most businesses require proof of military service. What identification do you need to prove that you’re a veteran? View a list of common military ID options on Military.com.
• Not all restaurant and other franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs.
⇒ Before leaving, be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.
Where Vets & Military Can Eat Free On Veterans Day 2020
• California restaurants are stepping up on Nov. 11 with freebies and specials to thank vets and active duty for their service.
• Veterans Day 2020 falls on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and many California restaurants are offering free meals and other discounts to thank vets and current military members for their service.
• Proof of service or military ID generally are required for the specials. Peruse the details from Patch's annual Veterans Day restaurant guide as restrictions may apply.
• From Patch.com, thanks to all who served or currently are serving the U.S.!
⇒ NOTE: Before heading out, confirm your local outlets are participating in the offers. And bookmark this page to check back, as we will add more restaurant specials as they are announced.
2020 Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts, Sales and Deals
• 2020 Veterans Day discounts, free meals, deals, and sales. As Veterans Day approaches, we will continually update this list as restaurants and companies announce their Veteran’s Day specials. Typically offers are announced just before Veteran’s Day in late October and early November.
• Veterans Day 2020 will be on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020.
• 2020 Free Meals list is updated daily!
2020 Veterans Day Free Meals, Restaurant Deals and Discounts
• Click the link below to see a list of Veterans Day discounts at restaurants for 2020. Visit often as the list is now being updated as new discounts come in.
• All of the discounts have been confirmed, either through press release or direct communication with the company. Check out all the other discounts being offered this Veterans Day.
View the list at Military.com: https://www.military.com/veterans-day/restaurants-veterans-day-military-discounts.html
Veterans Day Freebies and Discounts 2020
• Free Meals, Haircuts, Car Washes, and More on Veterans Day
View the List at TheSpruce.com: https://www.thespruce.com/veterans-day-freebies-discounts-4101988
Veterans Day 2020 Discounts from blogs.va.gov
• Veterans Day 2020 is on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 2020. This Veterans Day discounts list will continue to be updated as we learn of more nationally available Veterans Day discounts, meals or other ways businesses and organizations want to give back to Veterans.
• These Veterans Day discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors are aware of all resources available to them.
• Due to COVID-19, some organizations are now offering discounts to Veterans all the time instead of their regular Veterans Day discounts. These adjustments help Veterans take advantage of the discounts offered while avoiding the usual Veterans Day crowds. A new section at the bottom of this story will list all the year-round Veterans discounts.
• *The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of VA. Verify information with the organization offering.
• View the list on blogs.va.gov: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/80347/veterans-day-2020-discounts/
Not sure where to start with VA? Download the VA Welcome Kit or call VA411 at 800-698-2411.
Veterans Day Military Deals: 20 Brands You Can’t Miss (2020 Edition)
• Each November 11, Veterans Day is a time to honor those who’ve served our nation, and many brands take this time of the year to offer some amazing deals to show their appreciation.
• For example, many restaurants offer free appetizers or desserts on or around Veterans Day.
• Likewise, many companies offer steep discounts on items in stores, tickets, car rentals, flights, and hotels year round but go all out for Veterans Day.
• Here are 20 of the best Veterans Day military deals being offered this year.
View list at https://mybaseguide.com/veterans-day-military-deals
Military Discounts Offered Year Round by Stores, Services and Online Sites
• 2020 veterans and military discount list of hundreds of companies that offer military discounts to service members, retired military, veterans, spouses and their families.
View List at: https://militarybenefits.info/military-discounts
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that the number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era.
- Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
- Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
- Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
Veterans, Trauma and PTSD
For more details, see What is PTSD?
The nervous system has two automatic ways of responding to traumatic events: Mobilization and Immobilization.
Mobilization, or fight-or-flight, occurs when individuals need to defend themselves; or survive the danger of a combat situation. The heart pounds faster, blood pressure rises, and muscles tighten – increasing strength and reaction speed. Once danger has passed – the nervous system calms the body: lowering heart rate and blood pressure and winding back down to its normal balance.
Immobilization occurs when individuals experience overwhelming stress in a dangerous situation. Even when the danger has passed,individuals can find themselves “stuck.” The nervous system is then unable to return to its normal state of balance. And is not able to move on from the event. This is PTSD.
Recovering from PTSD involves transitioning out of the mental and emotional war zone you’re still living in and helping the nervous system become “unstuck.”
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The VA provides care to Veterans through community providers when VA cannot provide the care needed. Community care is based on specific eligibility requirements, availability of VA care, and the needs and circumstances of individual Veterans.
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