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        DevonWay Thanks U.S. Veterans

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        In the U.S., the month of November is a month of giving thanks, with Veterans Day on Nov 11 and Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of the month. Today, we're reflecting on and honoring the service our nation's veterans provide us every day..

        Veterans Day has special meaning to us: DevonWay was founded by U.S. Navy veteran Robert (Bob) Felton. Bob became a Qualified Nuclear Engineer and served in the nuclear submarine service – also known as the nuclear navy. He’s now Chairman of DevonWay.

        A Very Brief History

        In the U.S., Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the temporary end to fighting between the Allies and Central Powers that ended World War I. The armistice took effect at 11:00 am, thereafter known as “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." 

        In 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans, including those who served in the military in other wars and in peacetime.

        Worth Noting

        The correct spelling of Veterans Day is – you guessed it – Veterans Day, with no apostrophes. As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website explains, “Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe… because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.” Our grammarians note that “Veteran’s Day” would mean it was a day for just one veteran. Veterans Day Poster 1990.small

        Download current and vintage Veterans Day posters. You can view and download official Veterans Day posters from 1978 to 2021 at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website here: https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp

        Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day, a day on which we remember and honor military personnel who died serving their country in battle or in active service. Veterans Day honors all veterans who serve and have served in the military, in wartime and peacetime.

        Other countries honor their military veterans on November 11. Canada, Australia, France, and Belgium observe “Remembrance Day,” and Britain observes Remembrance Day on the nearest Sunday to November 11. Poland celebrates National Independence Day on November 11 to commemorate the restoration of its sovereignty at the end of World War I after being partitioned for 123 years by the German, Austria-Hungary, and Russian Empires.