Veterans Day Vocabulary

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th in the United States as a day to honor all military personnel, whether they served in times of war or peace. The official holiday began in 1919 as Armistice Day, a year after the date that marked the end of World War I. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a law that changed the name of this national holiday to Veterans Day.
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  1. armistice
    a state of peace agreed to between opponents
    Armistice Day falls each year on 11 November to mark the day in 1918 when the fighting in World War One was stopped.
  2. courage
    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain
    That same month, Hicks was awarded an Air Force Commendation Medal for acts of courage.
  3. defend
    protect against a challenge or attack
    “Together with our allies, America’s warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities,” Mr. Trump said.
  4. duty
    work you are obliged to perform
    Walters was on active duty with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at the time.
  5. enlist
    join the military
    An Aberdeen native, he enlisted in the Marines after graduating from Central High School in 2010.
  6. freedom
    the condition of being free
    “We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defense of our people, our freedom and our great American flag.”
  7. gratitude
    a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation
    Those who won battles earned fame, glory, and the gratitude of their countrymen.
  8. heroism
    exceptional courage when facing danger
    McCann was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, which is the highest peacetime award for heroism.
  9. honor
    show respect towards
    In honor of Veterans Day, I encourage you to read our Declaration of Independence and the U.S.
  10. military
    the armed forces of a nation
    Yarn will be joined at the ceremony by elected and military officials.
  11. sacrifice
    a loss entailed by giving up something
    Veteran Jacob Marquis, of Glenburn, plans to complete his goal of “one step for each sacrifice” during the Marine Corps marathon on Sunday.
  12. troop
    a group of soldiers
    The president praised American troops who gathered to greet him at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo.
  13. valor
    courage when facing danger
    This was the first of 52 Medals of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor, that President Obama bestowed during his two terms.
  14. veteran
    a person who has served in the armed forces
    Bates College spokesman Sean Findlen says the school honors veterans with artwork, endowed financial aid funds and Veterans Day recognition.
  15. remembrance
    the ability to recall past occurrences
    An “Eternal Flame” signifies remembrance of those who died in service.
Created on November 9, 2017 (updated November 11, 2019)

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