Honoring Our Heroes: The Importance of Veterans Day

Scott Coleman-Allan

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A United Front in Honoring Those Who Served

Gratitude and Recognition:

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day serve as a platform to express gratitude for the service and sacrifices of military veterans. These brave men and women have selflessly dedicated their lives to protect the cherished values and freedoms of their nations.

Remembering the past, reflecting on the Present:

Both days encourage a deep reflection on the past and a sincere acknowledgment of the present. They emphasize the importance of understanding and valuing the sacrifices made by veterans in the face of adversity.

Historical Roots

Commemorating World War I:

The historical significance of both days is rooted in the aftermath of World War I. Remembrance Day in the UK, also known as Armistice Day, was established to commemorate the end of World War I and the armistice that took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. In the USA, the original Armistice Day was rebranded as Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans.

Paying Tribute to a Global Legacy:

Both nations have played significant roles in global conflicts, and these days of remembrance are a testament to their shared history. The sacrifices made by veterans in international conflicts are remembered with reverence and respect.

Shared Values, Unique Experiences

A Common Bond:

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day celebrate shared values of courage, sacrifice, and duty. Both countries understand the profound significance of these qualities and express their gratitude in their unique ways.

Diverse Experiences:

While the values celebrated are universal, the experiences of American and British veterans are shaped by their unique national histories and the conflicts they have participated in. This diversity enriches the narrative of honoring veterans on both sides of the Atlantic.

Promoting Unity and Patriotism

Emphasizing National Unity:

Veterans and Remembrance Days underscore the importance of unity and patriotism within both nations. These days provide a platform for individuals from all walks of life to unite in appreciation for the men and women who have protected their nations.

Inspiring Future Generations:

By recognizing and celebrating veterans, the USA and the UK inspire future generations to appreciate the sacrifices made for their freedoms and security.

Veterans become role models for young Americans and Britons, motivating them to uphold the values that define their nations.

While the USA and the UK may have different names of remembrance, the underlying significance is the same: honoring the heroes who have served their countries.

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are reminders of the shared values of honor, sacrifice, and patriotism, and offer an opportunity to unite in appreciation for those who have protected their nations.

While we reflect on the sacrifices of veterans on both sides of the Atlantic, let us remember the importance of upholding the freedoms and values they have defended with unwavering commitment. These days provide a bridge between two nations that share a deep respect for their military heroes, forging a connection that transcends borders and history.


> Scott Coleman-Allan

Scott is the Director of Global DE&I, Talent & Strategy at mthree. For the past 12 years, Scott’s specialisation has centered on refining talent acquisition methods and driving impactful DE&I initiatives across various organisations across the globe.


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