Veterans Day always falls on November 11. Learn the true meaning of Veterans Day and its important history.
What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday, is a time to honor and thank those who are serving or have served in the military and are still with us.
Note that Veterans Day is different than Memorial Day, which is a day to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.
On Veterans Day, think about how you can show a veteran extra appreciation. Attend a Veterans Day parade or event in your area. Ask a veteran about their service and really listen. Visit a VA hospital. Display the flag to salute our veterans! See how to properly display the American Flag.
In Canada, November 11 is called Remembrance Day. This day, similar to Memorial Day, honors veterans who have died in service to their country.
When is Veterans Day?
|2017||Saturday, November 11|
|2018||Sunday, November 11|
|2019||Monday, November 11|
Veterans Day History
Originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918, this federal holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. At that time, it became a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Each year, special ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Consider spending some time online learning more about our nation’s veterans:
- The Great War Society has developed a Web site devoted to World War I educational materials.
- The World War II Memorial celebrates the victory of “the greatest generation” with a design that uses moving water to harmonize with its natural surroundings.
- Visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial online; this moving memorial, dedicated in 1995, is the latest addition to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
- See a registry of all the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington.
Learn more about the military men and women who are on duty today.