What they’ve done for the country and us as citizens cannot be measured or understood unless you have worn the uniform yourself. They deserve our gratitude every day.

Before Veterans Day

Before November 11 became known as Veterans Day, it was called Armistice Day. The holiday was meant to commemorate the signing of the armistice agreement with Germany that ended the fighting and conflict of World War I. Armistice Day used to focus primarily on WWI veterans, although it was always meant to honor any veteran of a foreign war.

As time passed and service members fought in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam, people began to forget the original meaning of Armistice Day. As a result, the holiday became Veterans Day. The focus was also removed from just the veterans of foreign wars. All military veterans were meant to be honored.

Celebrating Veterans Day

It takes very little to acknowledge Veterans Day and any veterans in your life. The smallest gesture can have a big impact.

  • Place a US flag in your yard
  • Buy lunch or a cup of coffee for a veteran you know or see in a local restaurant. Panera Bread in Tampa is offering a free Pick Two deal to veterans that day. 
  • Say thank you. Shake their hand and simply say, “Thank you for your service.” 

You can also celebrate at local events around the Tampa Bay area. In Palm Harbor, you can attend the Veterans Day Celebration at Lake St. George Elementary School on November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Or check out Veterans Day at the Dali in St. Pete which includes a ceremony to honor veterans. Veterans will also be able to attend the museum at no charge.

Here at My Tampa Agent, we send out a heartfelt thank you to every military veteran, all active-duty service members, and the military families that have made hard sacrifices for us and for America. We are the land of the free because of the brave.