In celebration of Veterans’ Day, Dr. John Gerling and our team would like to share a few fun facts about our flag, this national holiday, and our country’s history!
-Veterans’ Day, a day that was originally called Armistice Day, is a time to thank and honor the men and women who have served in our military.
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the official legislation for Veterans’ Day on June 1, 1954, changing the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day
-There are 23.2 million veterans in the U.S.
-The flag was first approved by Congress on June 14, 1777
-Each of the flag’s colors signify different American values- red is for valor and zeal, white is for hope, purity, and cleanliness of life, and blue is for heaven, loyalty, sincerity, justice, and truth
-Research by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helped develop the CAT Scan, the cardiac pacemaker, and the “Seattle Foot” to give those hurt the ability to run and jump
-When the flag is displayed next to another flag against a wall, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (on the left side when facing the wall).
-Veterans’ Day is often confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time for remembering and honoring the men and women who died while serving our country, or as a result of injuries that incurred in battle. Veterans’ Day honors and gives thanks to all veterans who served in our military.
-There are five states with over 1 million veterans in their population – California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania
We are so thankful for all who have and are currently serving in the U.S. and overseas!