The United States has a federal holiday that honors veterans who served in any branch of the Armed Forces. The Veterans Day holiday is observed on November 11th for one simple reason: Fighting in World War I ended at exactly the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918. Although the fighting didn’t stop until 11:00 on the morning of November 11th, 1918, the armistice agreement was signed six hours earlier- at 5:00 a.m.
Veteran’s Day is day on which Americans show their respect for soldiers, whether they are alive or not. Patriotic flower arrangements are the perfect gift to pay tribute to veterans or remember those who are no longer here.
No one believed there could be a worse war or one that would kill more people and last for as many years as the Great War, or World War I, did. On May 13, 1938, Congress passed legislation that made November 11th Armistice Day, and from then on, it would be observed as an official federal holiday.
The holiday that is now recognized as Veteran’s Day was known as Armistice Day until 1954. After World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower believed that by changing the holiday’s name to Veteran’s Day, the name would symbolize a new intent: to honor everyone who served in the Armed Forces to protect the country.
One of the most emotionally charged and visually moving symbols of World War I is the red poppy. The flower was made famous through a poem written in 1915 by Canadian Army physician and Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae, M.D. who saw the war’s devastation first hand. The poem, entitled “In Flanders Fields” was something he scribbled as he saw the long rows of white crosses at the graves of fallen soldiers. That vision of white was broken up by red poppies that grew between the graves in that field.
Our Love, Memory, and Honor wreath with vibrant reds and blues and our Star Spangled Roses are gorgeous ways to celebrate this Veteran’s Day.
Whether you celebrate with poppies or any red, white and blue , flowers are a wonderful way to honor the patriots who have touched your life.