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Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed officially on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.
Veterans Day is an important day set aside to honor and show appreciation for ALL who have served in the United States military—in wartime or peacetime, living, or deceased.
In Canada, November 11 is called Remembrance Day. This day, which is more similar to Memorial Day than Veterans Day, honors veterans who have died in service to their country.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BEWEEN VETERANS DAY AND MEMORIAL DAY?
On both Veterans Day and Memorial Day, it’s customary to spend time remembering and honoring the countless veterans who have served the United States throughout the country’s history. However, there is a distinction between the two holidays:
- Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who have served, living or deceased, but particular the living veterans among us.
- Memorial Day specifically commemorates the men and women who died while in service of their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
A SHORT HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day in the United States, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson celebrated the first Armistice Day in 1919.
In 1938, November 11 became a legal holiday by an act of Congress.