Tomorrow is Veterans Day, but the holiday is observed today, on November 10, 2017, in many areas. There are a number of restaurants and food chains across the country that are offering free meals and discounts to vets who have served their country, along with active military members. Starbucks is participating in the holiday again this year– they will be offering free, tall-sized brewed coffee to activity-duty military, veterans, and military personnel. According to The Sun Sentinel, this offer runs through Monday, but, please check with the Starbucks location you’re planning to visit to make sure they are participating in the free offer so you are not disappointed.
In 2013, Starbucks committed to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018. And, for last year’s Veterans Day, according to CNBC, the coffee company hired more than 8,000 since taking on the commitment. They have also shipped 60 pallets of whole bean coffee and more than 175,000 sticks of instant coffee to our nation’s troops overseas. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently appeared in the news for saying he wants to raise national awareness for veterans and what it means to serve by hiring veterans to recruit more veterans within the company. He told Jim Cramer, “What we need inside Starbucks in the HR group is we need veterans recruiting veterans who understand their language, their challenges, their issues. So the people who are recruiting veterans at Starbucks are the people who have worn the cloth of the nation.”
For the holiday, banks and post offices choose to close on November 11, 2017, which is the date that Veterans Day always falls on each year. Wells Fargo, however, is reported to be closing today on Friday. The Marine Corps. birthday and Veterans Day are actually only one day apart. So, often, that branch of the armed forces celebrates for a 96-hour liberty period. The Marine Corps. birthday is today, November 10, 2017.
Originally, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day because it marks the signing of the armistice, which is what ended the World War I feud between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson spoke about the very first Armistice Day. That day, Wilson stated: To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations. Later on, in 1938, a Congressional Act made Veterans Day a legal holiday, stating that it was “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day. Remembrance Day is another term that some use to talk about Veterans Day.
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