The History of Veterans Day


Each year on November 11, our nation gathers to honor the extraordinary sacrifice and heroism of our military service members. Every Veterans Day, our dedicated staff members at Moloney Family Funeral Homes commemorate the brave individuals who show up each day to protect our country. This year, we wanted to share interesting details about the history of this significant national holiday. We are proud to serve veterans and their families in Long Island, Hauppauge, and Center Moriches with high-quality funeral and cremation services.


Honoring the End of War

Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was initially established to acknowledge the conclusion of World War I. An act of Congress declared November 11 a federal holiday in 1938 to commemorate the end of hostilities between Germany and the Allied powers on that same day in 1918. Following World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day. The nation’s first official celebration of the holiday in 1919 involved parades and public assemblies. Businesses and schools even paused activities at 11 a.m. in observance of the day.


Understanding the Significance of Poppies

Canadian poet and World War I solider John McCrae wrote a now-famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” describing poppies “between the crosses, row on row…” Since then, the red flowers have been associated with veterans and their incredible sacrifice. In several countries, especially in Europe, veterans’ organizations sell paper poppies to raise money for support. Each November, veterans, their families, and others around the world pin these flowers to their clothing as symbols of remembrance.


Celebrating Veterans Day Today

Unlike Thanksgiving, Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11 regardless of the day of the week. Every Veterans Day, people across the nation take a shared two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. There are many other ways to observe this meaningful holiday, from visiting a state park or museum to attending a Veterans Day parade to supporting a veteran-owned business. You may also consider donating to or volunteering for a veteran-friendly organization like the Salvation Army.


If you’d like to learn more about our veterans services, contact our dedicated staff members any time throughout the week. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide more information on veterans’ memorials, benefits, and more.