Americans celebrate Veterans Day, an annual holiday honoring our military veterans, on November 11th. In other parts of the world, the holiday is known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, and falls on November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held at the Arlington National Cemetery each year. The official wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier also happens at the Arlington National Cemetery.
November 11th became a legal national holiday in 1938, instituted by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. Veterans Day is often misunderstood with Memorial Day. According to Veteran Affairs, Memorial Day is to honor American service members who died in service to their country as a result of injury in battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American Veterans, living or dead, and gives thanks to all who served honorably during war or peacetime.
Don’t forget to take a moment to show gratitude towards all who have served or are currently serving our country.