Veterans Day Writing Lessons for Communicators

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Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in the U.S. As you put together newsletter articles and organizational communications regarding the holiday, you may want to take note of the following facts.

Originally, Veterans Days was called Armistice Day and it marked the end of World War I. It is celebrated on Nov. 11 because World War I officially ended on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. That’s the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

While the holiday is often spelled as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in advertisements and some calendars, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, the correct spelling does not need an apostrophe to indicate a possessive. That’s because Veterans Day is not a day that belongs to veterans, it is instead a day to honor all veterans.

Another common error is to confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Veterans Day is to honor all those who have served in our armed forces. Memorial Day is to remember all those who have died while serving in the armed services.

Well, however, you spell it, make no mistake — we salute all those who have or who are serving in the U.S. or Canadian armed services. Thank you for your service!

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Quote of the Day: “When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up everything for our country, for us. And all we can do is remember.” — President Ronald Reagan, spoken during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 11, 1985

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