National Days in November

There are more national days of celebration and remembrance in November than Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. It comes as no surprise to me whatsoever that November 18, my half birthday, is National Princess Day. Here are some other days you can celebrate throughout the month:

November 1 is National Author’s Day, Family Literacy Day, & Stress Awareness Day

November 2 is National Sandwich Day

November 4 is National Candy Day

November 5 is National Doughnut Day, National Love Your Red Hair Day, & Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 6 is National Nachos Day

November 8 is National Cappuccino Day

November 11 is Veterans Day

November 12 is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

November 13 is World Kindness Day

November 14 is National Pickle Day

November 15 is National America Recycles Day & National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

November 16 is Great American Smokeout & National Fast Food Day

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day

November 18 is National Adoption Day & Mickey Mouse’s 89th Birthday

November 21 is National Stuffing Day

November 22 is National Cranberry Relish Day

November 23 is Thanksgiving Day & National Day of Mourning

November 24 is National Native American Heritage Day, National Day of Listening, & Black Friday

November 25 is Small Business Saturday

November 26 is National Cake Day & National Cookie Day

November 27 is Cyber Monday

November 28 is National French Toast Day & National Day of Giving

And November 29 is the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in New York, which basically means that it’s time for Christmas. So it’s time to get out your tree and start decorating!

Veterans Day

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On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, Veterans Day will be observed across America. There will be memorial services in schools, at memorial sites, and in other public settings. The Aurora Public Library District will be closed on November 11, as will most government facilities, but what exactly is Veterans Day? How did Veterans Day begin? The Library has plenty of material about Veterans Day that you can check out, but for right now, here’s a small crash course.

In 1918 a truce was declared between the Allied Nations and the Germans during World War I on November 11. And while the official end of the Great War did not come until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, for many Americans, the ending had occurred with the declaration of peace the previous November. Armistice Day was officially celebrated on November 11, 1919 at President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation. Armistice Day was declared a legal federal holiday in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower renamed Armistice Day to Veterans Day after World War II and the war with Korea. Veterans Day honors all American veterans, living or dead, who have served in all wars. Veterans Day is also a day to thank living veterans who have served during wartime and peacetime.

During World War I, Canadian John McCrae penned the poem, “In Flanders Fields” in 1915 after a friend of his was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres. His poem is the reason that poppies — particularly the red corn poppy — have become the symbol for the remembrance of fallen soldiers. In 1920, the American Legion adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance thanks to the efforts of Moina Michael.

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans living in the United States, with 9.2 million veterans over the age of 65 and 1.9 million veterans under the age of 35. There are plenty of ways you can let a veteran know that you appreciate them, but the most simple and underrated way is just to thank veterans for their service. It is especially important for younger people to acknowledge and thank veterans, but every American should always thank veterans and acting military members for their service.

On behalf of everyone at the Aurora Public Library District, I want to say thank you to each and every veteran for his or her service.

Veterans Day Storytime

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918: Armistice  was declared between the Allied nations and Germany, ending World War I. The first Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919 and became an annual observance on November 11th. In 1954, this official commemoration was changed to Veterans Day and is now a day to honor all of America’s veterans.

The Aurora Public Library District will be holding a Veterans Day Storytime to celebrate our veterans as well as the ongoing sacrifices made by our military members and their families. Please join us at the Aurora Public Library on Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 PM for stories, song and a craft. No reservations are required for this event; just come with your family and enjoy our time together!

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You can learn more about the history of Veterans Day at this link provided by the Veterans Administration.