What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is a federal holiday to honor and celebrate all those who have served our country in the U.S. Military Services. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who have died while in service, Veterans Day honors all U.S. veterans, particularly living veterans who served in the military, whether in wartime or peacetime.
Check out these Veterans Day Facts at history.com.
When is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is observed on November 11 of each year. Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the day that the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany was declared, ending World War I.
How do people celebrate Veterans Day?
Federal government offices and some state and local government offices, schools and businesses close for the day. If Veteran’s Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal government observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday. Veteran’s Day celebrations include parades, church services and flying the U.S. flag at half-staff. An official wreath-laying ceremony is also held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
Sources: timeanddate.com, history.com, military.com