by Nick Norris

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month will always hold deep significance

November 11th is the annual day the United States of America honors the courageous men and women who have served so that we can be free. Though most are aware of its existence, few fully comprehend its importance.

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was first designated to honor the end of World War I, which formally took place on November 11, 1918.

Twenty years later, legislation passed marking November 11th as a day “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” The new holiday honored WWI veterans, but it would soon undergo a few changes.

After the U.S. underwent both World War II and the Korean War, the Act of 1938 was amended in 1954 to honor all American veterans of all wars, renaming the holiday as “Veterans Day.”

Most understand that Veterans Day is a day to pay respects to those who have served, but not all know how to do so. Like most days of remembrance or reflection, simple prayers, thoughts, and actions can often have the deepest impact.

One of the simplest ways to show your respect for veterans is by flying a flag. Veterans Day is a wonderful opportunity to raise the American flag, or one of the many other well-known flags that honor veterans, in your own yard. Seeing a proudly flying flag can be a much-needed reminder for others to reach out to the beloved veterans in their own lives. Just be sure to observe the proper rules of display, which can be found at Military.com’s guide to the flag.

Veterans Day can also be an appropriate time to ask a veteran about their service. Feel free to ask respectful questions such as: How long did you serve? Why did you choose the branch you served in? What is your favorite memory from your service?

Remember to be respectful, and do not ask any questions that may make a veteran uncomfortable. Reviving certain memories can be painful for many of those who served, so do not ask any intrusive or upsetting questions.

Also, feel free to write to the veteran in your life. In the digital age of today, hand-written letters have become more rare and meaningful. Taking time out of your busy schedule to pen a letter thanking a veteran for their service is a small act that can easily make someone’s day.

Above all else, be there. Veterans Day exists to honor those who served. So, make time to be with the veterans in your life. Listen to them, and make your appreciation known. They have sacrificed and done more for this country than you likely realize.

So, on Veterans Day, let your appreciation be felt.

We at Xtreme Concepts are eternally grateful to all our veterans around the world. Thank you. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.