Shared by Caribbean Cruise Lines in Honor of Veterans Day Caribbean Cruise Lines provides a Brief History of Veterans Day Veterans Day honors those men and women who have served or are currently serving in the Armed forces of America. Prior to 1954 the holiday was known as Armistice or Remembrance Day. Armistice Day formally began in 1918 to honor the Veterans of World War I. Congress approved legislation in 1938 and November 11 officially became a National holiday to honor all veterans. Americans celebrate Veterans Day by recognizing those who have fought and served to keep American free. There have been many wars and conflicts in the history of America. Often people who are not directly involved or are not affected personally by the war do not realize the great sacrifices that are made by servicemen and women and their families. The sacrifices made by our Armed Forces have worked towards keeping the American people free and living in a blessed country. The First World War took place from 1914-1918 resulting in millions of casualties. World War I began in Europe and was primarily started due to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. The United States did not enter the war until 1917, after Germany sank several U.S. merchant ships with submarines. Veterans Day is celebrated to remember those who died, were missing in action and to honor their families. This holiday includes past, present, and future sacrifices by those who have served or will serve in the Armed Forces of America. The Second World War took place from 1938 to 1945. Millions lost their lives and the cost of the major conflict cost trillions of dollars. The conflict began when Japan invaded China and Germany invaded Poland. The U.S. was brought into the war when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Atomic bombs devastated Japan and brought about surrender and ended the war. After the war, the United Nations was formed to help to avoid future conflicts that might lead to a global war. The history of Veterans Day acknowledges all of the servicemen and women who died during this major conflict. The Vietnam War is the longest conflict that Americans were involved in lasting 16 years from 1959- 1975. Vietnam claimed thousands of American lives. Americans were sent in to help the South Vietnamese government from falling. This was and is a very unpopular war with the people. The 16 year conflict did not result in the people or government achieving freedom and democracy. However, the servicemen and women should be honored and recognized for their sacrifice in this cause as they went to serve on behalf of all Americans. The history of Veterans Day should include honoring all of those who served not matter how a conflict is viewed because the ones serving made a great sacrifice. They should be remembered with thanksgiving and gratitude. The Gulf War led by the United Nations took place from 1990-1991. The coalition of forces including the U.S. drove the Iraqi army from Kuwait. This conflict was the shortest in American history. This conflict left its mark on the servicemen and women with many being afflicted by the Gulf War Syndrome. More can be found on the Internet about the syndrome by doing a search. The War on Terrorism is a response from the September 11th attacks where thousands of civilians lost their lives. The conflict began in October of 2001 and is currently ongoing. Several thousand men and women have perished in this conflict and many more have been wounded. Hundreds of thousands of American men and women are currently serving in Iraq to help to secure the new democratic government and help the Iraqi people. Many people throughout history have lost loved ones because of war. Our Veterans need to know that the sacrifices they have made and the losses they have gone through are acknowledged and appreciated. Veterans Day is the time for Americans to be thankful for those who have suffered and died to keep America free and to help to keep people in other countries free. Parents and teachers should acknowledge Veterans Day by teaching the children of this generation about the sacrifices that have been made by great men and women throughout history and about those who are still making sacrifices today. Caribbean Cruise Lines would like to introduce you to our wonderful vacation cruises to the Caribbean. Our experts are on your team, ready to help you customize and confirm all your arrangements so you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying your vacation. Ready to take a vacation that offers relaxation, rest and rejuvenation? Our professionally trained staff looks forward to welcoming you aboard as you rest your mind, body and soul. Let Caribbean Cruise Line take care of everything!