Veterans Day 2012 – Fly your flag today

Veterans Administration poster for Veterans Day 2012, “Honoring All Who Served” (Click for link to high resolution download version)

Fly your flag today for Veterans Day 2012.

Veterans Day’s falling on Sunday will complicate local celebrations that conflict with local religious services, but national celebrations most often will continue apace, particularly the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, at 11:00 a.m. (in honor of the original armistice that ended World War I, “at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month”).

Voice of America gave a brief but thorough rundown:

November 11 is Veterans Day in the U.S. – a federal holiday to honor all military personnel who have served the U.S. in all wars.

This is the first Veterans Day since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December. The holiday this year is also a chance for Americans to thank the rapidly shrinking population of World War Two veterans.

The U.S. president places a wreath every Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Communities across America traditionally hold Veterans Day observances and ceremonies. Federal offices will be closed Monday in recognition of the holiday.

Veterans Day – originally called Armistice Day – was first observed in 1919. One year earlier, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations took effect.

Veterans Day honors all veterans of U.S. military service, living and dead.  The U.S. flag should be flown at full staff for the day.


8 Responses to Veterans Day 2012 – Fly your flag today

  1. Ellie says:

    Thanks, Ed.


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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Still made, I think by the American Legion Auxiliary, and sold by VFW and American Legion — but usually around Memorial Day. The idea was to have disabled veterans make them, and “give” them away for donations.

    I think there are far fewer VFW and American Legion posts these days, so it’s less likely you’d see one. Plus, the proportion of the population that has seen military service is dropping, so there’s less of a chance you’d run into a veteran at all, let alone one who is a member of one of those organizations and will give you a poppy. Finally, most people agree that the government really should take care of the vets, rather than have them depend on donations.

    I saw someone out at the Dallas National Cemetery about Memorial Day, but I haven’t seen veterans going classroom to classroom, like they used to do in my schools in Idaho and Utah.

    I wonder if you could buy them online?

    Update: Find out about poppies, and sign up to distribute them, here:


  4. Ellie says:

    I was doing a couple of errands earlier this afternoon, and it occurred to me…I never see Vets handing out poppies anymore. Is that just in this area (Western New York)? Is it done elsewhere?


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