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National Veterans BBQ Day – October 16, 2023

National Veterans BBQ Day falls on October 16 every year. It is a holiday meant for celebrating our local veterans in a pleasant, friendly way by cooking them some BBQ or taking them out for a BBQ meal. Social media is usually abuzz on this day as people share recipes and veterans recount some of their adventures online. Steakhouses also participate in the holiday by treating veterans and those still in service with complimentary meals. National Veterans BBQ Day is sometimes mistaken for National Veterans’ Day, although the two holidays are apart in date and modes of celebration.

History of National Veterans BBQ Day

For those who may be unaware, a veteran is an ex-member of the armed forces. The need to honor and respect veterans cannot be overemphasized. They have played valuable roles in the services of their countries. In 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to honor fallen heroes.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, suggested that Armistice Day should be extended to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. In 1954, ‘Armistice’ was replaced with ‘Veterans,’ based on a bill passed by the U.S. Congress. In that same year, the National Veterans Award was formed, with Congressman Rees of Kansas receiving the first National Veterans Award.

National Veterans BBQ Day was created in April 2021 by Smoke & Bacon Media L.L.C. The private company was born from a veteran’s vision of patriotism and togetherness. It has a social platform open to veterans and civilians worldwide, a radio station, and some charities under its operation.

Although National Veterans BBQ Day differs from Veterans Day, they share the same spirit of honoring and celebrating our veterans. On National Veterans BBQ Day, people celebrate their local military veterans by either cooking them some BBQ or by inviting them out for a BBQ meal at a steakhouse. Some veteran communities also host BBQ parties, and some steakhouses treat veterans and troops to a meal on the house.

National Veterans BBQ Day timeline

November 11, 1919
Armistice Day Commences

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaims National Armistice Day.

1954
From ‘Armistice’ to ‘Veterans’

Armistice Day is to be known as Veterans Day, following a bill passed by Congress.

2018
Smoke & Bacon Media L.L.C. is Formed

Smoke & Bacon Media L.L.C. is launched by a veteran.

October 16, 2021
National Veterans BBQ Day is Founded

Smoke & Bacon Media L.L.C. creates National Veterans BBQ day.

National Veterans BBQ Day FAQs

Are there any movies that we can watch on National Veterans BBQ Day?

You can organize a movie night after the BBQ meal. Movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” “First Blood,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” and “Black Hawk Down” are good options to choose from.

How can we help make the lives of veterans easier?

There are plenty of ways you can be there for veterans in need. For instance, you can volunteer at Veterans Affairs hospitals, or even help the ones in your community by running errands for them or assisting them in house repair work.

Are there any benefits of joining the U.S. military?

Being in the U.S. military can offer several benefits like 30 days of paid leave, comprehensive healthcare, housing, education aid, family services, and more.

National Veterans BBQ Day Activities

  1. Be part of the online celebration

    Use the hashtag #veteransbbq to interact with veterans and others participating in the holiday. Join in with others (veterans and civilians alike) as they share their favorite recipes, stories, and deployment experiences.

  2. Host a veteran BBQ party

    Host a veteran BBQ party with veterans, friends, and neighbors. Have fun trying to recreate the Smoke & Bacon Veterans BBQ Day Bacon Recipe.

  3. Invite a veteran out for a BBQ

    Take a veteran you know out for a BBQ meal at a local steakhouse on this holiday. Show them that you respect and appreciate their services to the country.

5 Facts About Veterans

  1. Alaska has the highest proportion of veterans

    In 2019, Alaska was the state with the highest proportion of veterans in its population at 11%.

  2. 11% of veterans are women

    Women make up 11% of veterans.

  3. Over 17 million U.S veterans

    According to the 2019 U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 17 million veterans in the United States.

  4. 50% of veterans suffer from P.T.S.D.

    Statistics show that 50% of veterans live with mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.).

  5. The military draft ended in 1973

    The number of veterans has declined in recent years due to the military draft ending in 1973.

Why We Love National Veterans BBQ Day

  1. A chance to show appreciation

    The holiday presents the chance to demonstrate public appreciation for veterans and those still serving in the armed forces. Everyone is encouraged to show gratitude and love.

  2. A good meal

    A good BBQ, some beer, and good company make the day a cheerful, wholesome one. This holiday delivers an occasion for that.

  3. An opportunity for veterans to bond

    The event offers a chance for veterans to bond over conversations and good festivity. It helps people connect and share experiences.

National Veterans BBQ Day dates

YearDateDay
2023October 16Monday
2024October 16Wednesday
2025October 16Thursday
2026October 16Friday
2027October 16Saturday

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