Veterans Day honors the sacrifices of those who have served or who are serving in our armed forces in the United States. This day gives us intentional time to celebrate our veterans, their families, and to remember with gratitude those who gave their lives in the service of our country. It is celebrated on the 11th of November, marking the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. It was declared a national holiday in 1938, and renamed Veterans Day in 1954, in order to be inclusive of veterans of all wars.
The National Veteran’s Day theme for 2022 is honor. The concept of honor in our society is a feeling of high esteem and great respect, acting and living with fairness and integrity. The American flag has long been a symbol of honor for our country. The colors are significant, and each represents something different. Red represents bravery, white purity, and blue perseverance and justice.
For additional details on the flag and its code, click here.
On November 11th, Second Harvest will observe Veteran’s Day. Our staff is encouraged to take this time to reflect and to pay gratitude in some way to members of our armed forces.
For a full history on the day and its intent, click here.
Some local celebrations and activities you may be interested in:
- DreamBank presents a conversation with Laura Colbert, award-winning author, and female military member. To register, click here. (Monday, Nov. 7th)
- The Wisconsin Department of Veteran’s Affairs has its official celebration planned at the Wisconsin State Capitol, click here for details.
- The Madison Senior Center is holding a celebration, with the Mayor and several Representatives in attendance. View details here.
- Madison College’s Native American Student Association and Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement present their annual Veteran’s Day event here.
- Virtual Race benefiting DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust, which supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans. This can be completed any time in November! Sign up here.
- Plan a visit to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: https://wisvetsmuseum.com/plan-your-visit/
If you are a veteran who needs assistance, visit VetsNet to find local resources.