The origin of Veterans Day can be traced back to November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the culmination of the First World War, when this holiday was first observed as “Armistice Day.” Back in 1926, a resolution had been passed by Congress for Veterans Day to be observed annual and from November 11th, 1938 onwards, it became a national holiday. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day celebrates and pays homage to both deceased and living American veterans, thanking them for their services to the country both during peacetime and war. Even Jordan Brand is paying tribute to American veterans with a “Veterans Day” colorway of the Air Jordan 16.
The name of this holiday, which was originally Armistice Day, was officially changed to Veterans Day back in 1954 by President Eisenhower. Back in 1968, Congress had passed the Uniform Holidays Bill due to which Veterans Day began to be celebrated on October’s fourth Monday between 1971 and 1974. In 1975, the celebration of Veterans Day was once again moved back to November 11th by President Ford. November 11th or the dates surrounding it also mark celebrations in Australia, Britain, Canada and France in honor of the veterans of the First and Second World Wars. The United States currently has about 21 million military veterans.
One of the perks of being an NBA athlete happens to be the player exclusive sneakers that they often receive, which is especially true for members of the Charlotte Hornets. After all, the team is owned by Michael Jordan, who has one of the leading branded footwear lines of today. The week before Veteran Day, NBA athletes had started rocking special military-themed kicks. On November 9th, Charlotte Hornets’ center and power forward Frank Kaminsky was wearing a camouflaged iteration of the Air Jordan 16 during a game against the Utah Jazz. The sneaker is dressed up in Green-colored suede detailing, while the branding and laces are covered in Gold, and the side panels also sport camo accents.
Considering that an NBA athlete has been spotted rocking this special Air Jordan 16 colorway, it is unlikely that it will arrive at retailers. Yet, considering how dope this rendition looks, readers are probably hoping that it hits the shelves, and perhaps Jordan Brand may decide to drop it.
Air Jordan 16 “Veterans Day”