Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces (who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable). It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are commemorated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

What Is Veterans Day Celebrated For?

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major US veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Is Veterans Day Just for Military?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday and, in most states, a state holiday. That means that federal employees, including military members, are typically given the day off and, in most states, state workers are as well.

What’s the Difference Between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

Memorial Day: This holiday honors military personnel who died in service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day: This holiday honors everyone who has served in the military, whether or not they served in wartime or died in battle.

What Are 5 Facts About Veterans Day?

  • Veterans Day is a State and Federal Holiday.
  • Don’t Expect Any Mail on Veterans Day.
  • It’s Common to Observe Two Minutes of Silence.
  • The #BeThere Campaign Raises Awareness About Veteran and Military Suicide Prevention.
  • You Can Volunteer at and Donate to the VA

Who Do We Honor During Veterans Day?

In respect and recognition of the contributions our veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans.

Why Are Veterans so Important?

Veterans served in critical roles during peacetime to prevent unstable situations from developing into a conflict or another war. Those who put on the uniform deserve honor and our respect for their service to our country.

Is It Okay to Say Happy Veterans Day?

While there might be more creative ways to express gratitude to those who have served in the military, wishing them a happy Veterans Day is more than okay.

Do You Thank a Soldier on Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.

What Color Wear on Veterans Day?

The use of the blue and red Veterans Awareness Ribbon helps in creating public awareness to all veterans causes. While the blue represents the veterans that served the United States, the red in the ribbon symbolizes the blood that has been shed from those who defended the country.

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