A line of families wave American flags during a Veterans Day parade.
Baker College celebrates Veterans Day each year to recognize our military students, staff and faculty, past and present, as well as to support all of our military veterans and salute them for their service. Many Baker College faculty, staff and students have served, and we honor them by placing their name and/or picture on an Honor Wall or Veterans Remembrance Tree. The Fallen Soldier tables at our campuses are another way we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Because so many of us are not able to visit campus this year, we are opening up an opportunity for you to honor a special veteran in a different way. If you would like to honor a special veteran in your life, please complete the Veterans Day 2020 form. We will showcase all of the veterans on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website. Please have all submissions to us by Friday, November 6th!
What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is an American holiday that honors all who have served honorably in the United States’ (U.S.) Armed Forces. It began on November 11, 1919, when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it as Armistice Day to honor veterans of World War I. The armistice that ended the war took place at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. The war led to the deaths of more than 16 million people worldwide, and about 117,000 of those who perished were Americans. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 urging state governors to make the holiday an annual observance. Then, Armistice Day became a national holiday in 1938. In 1954, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, however, changed the holiday’s name to Veterans Day, and the holiday was broadened to honor all veterans.
Veterans Day is always on November 11th. If it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is observed on the Friday or Monday nearest the date, so that federal offices may be closed for the day, as U.S. mail is not delivered on the holiday out of honor and respect for all veterans.
Who Qualifies as a Veteran?
Veterans include those who served honorably on active duty within the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, and those who served for qualifying periods in the National Guard and Reserves, and includes those who have served during peacetime or during times of war.
What Can You Do?
There are many things that you can do to celebrate and revere Veterans Day (even all year long!). Below are some ideas:
- Adopt a military family for the holidays.
- Send “thank you” cards or care packages to our veterans or to those who are in active duty.
- Donate to a reputable and reliable veterans’ charity or service organization, including any local Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, or VFW.
- Visit a Veteran Memorial or Cemetery and decorate military headstones, or just visit to give your honor and respect.
- Volunteer at a local VA hospital.
- Support veteran-owned businesses.
For additional ideas for honoring and supporting our national and local veterans, see the Veteran Aid website or the website for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all veterans for the contributions they have made to the defense of our country while serving in the Armed Forces. We appreciate you.