The origin of Veterans Day dates back the end of World War I, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. The date was November 11th, 1918. The signing of an armistice agreement between Germany and the Allies marked the end of the First World War, known as the “great war” or the first “war to end all wars.” From then on, November 11th was referred to as Armistice Day and it became a day to commemorate the veterans who served in the war. Unfortunately, war continued beyond World War I and after World War II and the Korean War, President Eisenhower signed a bill drafted by Congress in 1954 to rename the day in honor of all fallen heroes, officially changing its name from “Armistice Day” to “Veterans Day.”

While Memorial Day typically focuses on those who gave their lives in service of their country, Veterans Day is more focused on thanking the living veterans of war. Over the years, Americans have chosen to serve for many reasons — during the Revolutionary War, to create a nation; in World War II, to save humanity from destruction; at various times, to help pay for college. Still, no matter the motivation, our men and women continue to give their all for our country.

Mango Languages salutes and supports both those active and veteran members of our military. Mango Languages is proud to help those serving our country with our 5 Mango Military courses. With customized content in Dari, Pashto, Levantine Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and Urdu, the conversations are critical to the success and safety of military members around the world. Knowing the importance of foreign language to the armed forces, our courses were designed to meet standards and criteria set by the federal government. Mango Military is most commonly offered via a military library, often allowing personnel and their dependents access to both Mango Basic and Complete foreign language courses.

So how can we continue to support our veterans? Thank them. Talk to them. Invite them to schools so they can share their experiences and teach our children that we all must take care of each other, on the battlefield and in life. It was Colin Powell who said: “Many people refer to the World War II generation as the greatest one, but we’ve had greatness in every single generation of Americans who have served.”

This year on Veterans Day, you can put out your flags, cheer the marchers at parades, and go to veteran tributes. But when you wake up the next day, November 12, remember that it’s still Veterans Day for our veterans–and it will be every day of their lives.

Portions of this blog are shared from Gen. Colin L. Powell’s essay, published in the Sunday edition, November 6, 2011, Parade magazine.

What are you doing today (and everyday) to honor our veterans?

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