Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States on November 11 every year. Why 11/11? During World War I, “the war to end all wars ,” fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.
Now that you have the history, you understand why this holiday is much more than just another day on which banks and the post office are closed. The do-it-yourself decorating projects below are sure to get your Veterans Day celebration off to an excellent start..
Chest candy refers to all the ribbons and medals worn on your uniform. Why not show support with a few broches you can make yourself? You can wear carnations and ribbons, or red, white, and blue pins. Here’s a pin that’s very easy to make, only requiring some beads and a safety pin.
Although the term “Gofasters” really refers to your tennis shoes, it can be applied to anything that enables you to get from point A to point B quickly and efficiently—such as your car. A lot of people slap stickers on their windows or hang American flags from their antennas. You could go even further by making your own wreath from clothespins, paint, and card-stock paper. Your car will be sure to turn heads!
Zone of Action
A zone of action is simply a smaller section of a larger area. For our purposes here, the concept underscores the fact that you don’t have to decorate your whole house or office building for Veterans Day. You can show your support for veterans simply by decorating a few select areas, such as your desk at work or your front door. Hang a wreath on your door; lay out a table runner; decorate mason jars to reflect your spirit. A few select pieces can make a bigger statement than going all out.
November 11 is a day for honoring veterans. If you’re going to honor them, you don’t have to be a Geardo. And, incidentally, if you find yourself lost among all the military-slang terms, here’s a list of terms and meanings.