Today is an official public holiday celebrated in the US and observed annually on November 11. It honors military veterans, that is, anyone who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries marking the anniversary of the end of World War I when the major hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Prior to 1954, the US holiday was known as Armistice Day and still is known by that moniker elsewhere.
This commemoration should not be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates all U.S. military veterans’ service, whereas Memorial Day honors those who died in military service of their country.
To all who answered the call and served in the US and around the world as well their families who likewise sacrificed, we salute and honor you. Happy Veteran’s Day.
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