Today’s Google Logo commemorates Veterans Day with a portrait-styled image featuring soldiers atop a red, white and blue parade float. In the painting, parade onlookers watch a Veterans Day float with a prominently displayed American flag and a collection of men in uniform. Google’s letters have been painted in red, white and blue stripes as well.
In November of 1919, President Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day, a national holiday dedicated to those who gave their life in World War I. According to the Veterans Affairs website, Wilson proclaimed:
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 the nations…
With an Act passed by Congress, Armistice Day became an official legal holiday on May 13, 1938. After World War II, Congress amended the Act in 1954 by replacing the word Armistice with Veterans to represent soldiers of all American wars.
The Veterans Affair website defines Veterans Day as, “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
Search Engine Land thanks all veterans today, including those who have served us in the past as well as the men and women who currently make up all branches of our Armed Forces.