In the United States, Veterans Day is observed on November 11th. The holiday actually originated as “Armistice Day” on this day in 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Even though Congress passed a proposal for it to be annually observed in 1926, it wasn’t until 1938 that November 11 became a nationally recognized holiday. Veterans Day is not only a day of remembrance, but also a day to give thanks to the brave men and women who have served in our military.
To commemorate our veterans, we collected a handful of tracks performed by past members of our military. Some of them might actually surprise you! Did you know the famous “It Wasn’t Me” singer, Shaggy, joined the Marines in 1988? Two years later, he found himself in the Gulf War. Also on the queue, you’ll find Tony Bennett, who served in the Army during WWII. After his tour of duty in Europe, Bennett studied music at Heidelburg University before returning to the US. He studied voice under the GI Bill while supporting himself as an elevator operator. Lastly, we included a track by As The City Sleeps featuring Jarred Taylor. Jarred is a co-founder of Black Rifle Coffee Company, a veteran-owned business actively working to employ and support veterans.
We use this day to proudly stand in gratitude for those who have served their country honorably, during both war and peacetime. So throw on this playlist as you enjoy your day off and let it remind you of the bravery embodied by the past members of our military.