Veterans Day is celebrated in today’s Google Doodle with a collage created by a Texas-based Air Force veteran. The holiday is dedicated to veterans and military personnel who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 to commemorate the unofficial end of World War I, when an armistice came into effect on November 11, 1918. In November 1919, President Wilson declared November 11 the first day of commemoration of the Armistice to honor those who fought in the war.
In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday, and in 1954 President Eisenhower officially renamed Armistice Day Veterans Day, and it became a day to honor veterans of all wars.
That year, guest artist and veteran Jenn Hassin created a collage of military uniforms for Google Doodle to honor the veterans and military personnel of the United States.
As a veteran, Hassin told Google: “I believe that the work associated with military issues will be a common thread running through my career. It is a community to which I am respectfully bound, and I will always be interested in issues related to service”.
The Google Doodle for Veterans Day consists of 10 military uniforms donated by veterans, including three naval uniforms, two army uniforms, two air force uniforms, two marine corps uniforms, and one coast guard uniform, from the veterans’ era to the present. The uniforms were donated to Hassin with the promise that she would do her best to honor the military and veterans of the nation.
Hassin explained her inspiration behind the Google Doodle and said, “For the composition I drew from patriotism and a deep inclination to serve. The star and stripes are a respectful thank you to the many patriots who help honor the veterans of our nation.
“All other colors are shades of military uniforms that pay homage to those who have worn and continue to wear the uniform.
The veteran and artist created the college by first cutting up the uniforms and turning them into sheets of paper. Then Hassin created hundreds of rolled up sheets of paper and said, “The rolls are all slightly different, representing the uniqueness of the individual. The military of our nation is composed of people from all walks of life, which for me is one of the really special aspects of service.
“Even though we are all different, what unites us is the willingness to dedicate our lives to our country. This bond of brothers and sisters in uniform lasts forever.”
For Hassin, the rolls of paper are also a symbol of life, because the transformation of the material from a uniform to a roll of paper reflects how the time of military personnel in uniform transforms them.
This is the hope of the veteran who enlisted in the army and served as a dental technician with the RAF Lakenheath in England: “the message associated with this work is that people should not only thank a veteran for his service today, but also ask them a question like ‘Where did you serve?’ and ‘What made you join?
“Dig deeper than the surface and you might feel less intimidated by what it means to serve when you leave, and realize that the veteran you just spoke to also has things in common with you.