Veterans Day Date in the current year: November 11, 2016

Veterans Day Veterans Day is a United States federal holiday that has been observed annually on November 11 since 1919, although initially it was referred to as Armistice Day. This holiday honors military veterans, i.e., people who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

On November 11, 1918 the Armistice of Compiègne went into effect, ending the First World War. In 1919, Armistice Day was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson to celebrate the anniversary of this event and remember those who died in the country's service. In 1938, Armistice Day was made a legal holiday.

In 1954, the United States Congress expanded Armistice Day to honor all veterans, not just those who gave their lives during World War I. The holiday was renamed Veteran Day.

As it is a federal holiday, most federal government offices are closed. It is a paid holiday for all federal workers. Most students and some employees have it off from school or work. When Veteran Day falls on a weekend, the adjacent Friday or Monday is made a day off instead.

Veterans Day should not be confused with another federal holiday, Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors those who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrate the service of all military veterans including those who are still alive.

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