When is Veterans Day 2019?

Veterans Day History and Date

December 4, 2018
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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?

Year Veterans Day
2019 Monday, November 11
2020 Wednesday, November 11
2021 Thursday, 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.


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I'd like to point out that Veterans Day is actually not necessarily to honor those still serving, but to honor those who have served our country and have separated in good standing. Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” There is a separate holiday for honoring those that are still serving, Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday of the month of May and was created to recognize and thank those who are currently serving in all branches of our armed forces.

Veteran's Day

My late husband was a Vietnam veteran. He served his country proudly in this unpopular war regardless of what people said to him. Today, November 11, I will read a letter at my church that my daughter wrote to our local newspaper about her father's service. She was awarded a prize by the Vietnam Veterans of America.


Thank you for this Veteran's Day history and God bless those who died for this country and given us peace.

A Word of Caution

I generally agree with your suggestion to ask a veteran about his or her service because they can give you a perspective that is different from what you may have. However, please remember that for many veterans, the details of their service are painful to recall. Many veterans do not wish to talk about their war time experiences, so don't push too hard for information.

Armistice - Veterans

Armistice (arm=arms, stice=come to a stand/stop) - means the ceasing of arms. "Armistice Day" was changed to "Veterans Day" in America. Americans know that arms will -not- stop, and that we'll always have veterans. I wish I was wrong about this.

what does this mean?

I really don't understand what this mean. i kinda find it insulting.

Veteran's Day and what it means

Just because we don't understand something does not make it an insult. But ignorance of something does not enable one to insult what they are ignorant of. Veteran's Day in layman terms means that someone went to war to protect your freedom. American soldiers put their lives in jeopardy so that American citizens can sleep peacefully and keep their freedom. Soldiers put your freedom before their families and friends because they believe it to be a worthy cause. Because they chose to fight on your behalf you have the liberty and freedom to worship, speech, press, assembly, and petition where you please without fear of death; you don't have to worry that you are going to house military without a say; to possess weapons; freedom of unreasonable search and seizure; right to due process of law, free from self-incrimination, double jeopardy; right to fair, speedy, and public trial; right to trial by jury in civil cases; freedom from excessive bail, cruel and un-humane punishments; rights of all people; and separation of church and state. The right to vote for the candidate of your choice and the amendments that are up for vote. That is why Veteran's and Veterans's Day is honored.


It shouldn't be insulting - it's a day to commemorate veterans, past and present, to thank them for their service and, in many cases, making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom in America.

American Flag

My son and some of his friends displayed the American Flag on their trucks/vehicles. The principal told them that they had to take them down because it was offensive and illegal. Really?! I spoke with my brothers that are both military and they commended theses boys, Can they really get in trouble? I’m pretty sure the school can’t make them take it down.it’s our freedom of speech and we live in America ! Wondering what’s our next step


The flag should not be displayed on a float except from a staff, nor draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.
When the flag is displayed on a vehicle, the staff should be fixed firmly to the chassis.

Follow the guidelines, and be proud your sons care enough to display the flag.
As for the principal, tell him to mind his own business.

Principal claims US FLAG ILLEGAL

They should have put that person in the hospital


I very much appreciated this concise and clear reminder of an important holiday. On behalf of all veterans, Thank You for writing it.

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Veterans Day

I am so thankful that our country has a holiday commemorating our military men and women. I praise the Lord for all those who are willing to serve our nation by sacrificing their lives to keep our nation free. I am thankful for all that do things to honor our military on this special.