Each November 11, our nation commemorates Veterans Day. But what does the holiday mean, and how do we properly observe it? This collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the evolving meaning of Veterans Day, with selections by American authors such as Ambrose Bierce, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and Stephen Crane, among others, and speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur, and Ronald Reagan, to name just a few. For more stories, speeches, and songs, or to learn more about the What So Proudly We Hail project, head to www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org.
| Veterans Day: Its Evolving Meaning
A History of Veterans Day: Its Origins and Traditions
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address on Armistice Day
Omar N. Bradley, Armistice Day Address
John F. Kennedy, Veterans Day Remarks
The Experience of War
Going to War
George M. Cohan, "Over There"
Mark Twain, "The War Prayer"
Ambrose Bierce, "A Son of the Gods"
Ernie Pyle, "Digging and Grounding"
John F. Kennedy, Letter to His Parents
John McCain, Excerpt from "Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account
Robert Frost, "Not to Keep"
Ernest Hemingway, "Soldier's Home"
Stephen Crane, "The Veteran"
Walt Whitman, "The Artilleryman's Vision"
Walt Whitman, "Old War-Dreams"
Walt Whitman, "Reconciliation"
Bruce Catton, "The Day the Civil War Ended"
Honoring Veterans, Their Deeds, and Their Service
Paul Laurence Dunbar, "The Veteran"
Douglas MacArthur, "Duty, Honor, Country"
Ronald Reagan, Speech on the Fortieth Anniversary of D-Day
Between Parents and Children
Stephanie Vaughn, Excerpt from "Kid MacArthur"
Joe Carter, "What a Veteran Knows"
John F. Kelly, Veterans Day Speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis