Explainer - The meaning of Veterans Day
In the crisp November air, as leaves blanket the ground, we come together to honor those who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, honors the courage, sacrifice and commitment of the men and women who have defended the ideals that define the United States.
Veterans Day originated from the Armistice of 1918, which ended World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all American veterans.
It’s a federal holiday that asks us to take a moment and recognize the sacrifice made by our veterans and their families.
Veterans Day celebrates all veterans, those both alive and dead. An important distinction for separating it from another federal holiday, memorial day, which specifically honors those who died in service.
On Veterans Day, federal offices, schools and many businesses close their doors. The day is marked by events across the country asking us to reflect and acknowledge the significant impact veterans have on our lives.
So, when you see a flag flying high, fluttering in the wind on Veterans Day, take a moment to think about and thank those who have worn the uniform. This special day is about saying a big thank you to the heroes who defended the values of the United States and everything that makes our country special.