Veteran’s Day is a federal holiday meant to honor all prior service veterans of the U.S. military both living and dead.
Veteran’s Day draws its roots back to the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany that would formally end World War I. On November 11th, 1918 at 10:20 a.m., British Prime Minister David Lloyd George announced to the British public over the radio: “The armistice was signed at five o’clock this morning, and hostilities are to cease on all fronts at 11 a.m. to-day.”
Here in Kootenai County, the only event we’re aware of today is a ribbon cutting event for the grand opening of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Post Falls.
Governor Brad Little will be in attendance to read a Veterans Day Proclamation and Post Falls resident Len Crosby who is Silver Star veteran from the Vietnam War will be delivering the keynote speech. Construction began in 2020 for the 24-hr skilled nursing facility for local military veterans.
The United States has several federal holidays to celebrate the armed forces. Here’s an overview for your convenience:
- Veteran’s Day: Honor all prior service veterans of the U.S. military both living and dead. Fixed on November 11th.
- Memorial Day: Honor soldiers who have fallen in combat (killed-in-action). Fixed on the last Monday in May.
- Armed Forces Day: Honor service members currently serving in the U.S. military. Fixed on the third Saturday in May.