How long until Veterans Day (observed)?
|This holiday next takes place in 85 Days.|
Dates of Veterans Day
|Federal Day and State holiday|
|Observed on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918|
| Memorial Day
Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states. It is observed on the weekday nearest to November 11th.
Local government, schools and businesses not required to follow closure policies made by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management are free to decide whether to observe Veterans Day as a holiday. Most will remain open.
The U.S. Post Office closes and there will be no mail deliveries on Veterans Day, though private package delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS will deliver on Veterans Day.
The holiday honours all veterans of the United States armed forces.
A traditional observation is a moment of silence at 11 AM remembering those who fought for peace. (Commemorates the cease-fire in the 1918 armistice which was scheduled for "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.")
The day of recognition for Veterans of the Great War (World War I) on this date was first proclaimed by President Wilson on November 11, 1919. In May 1938, the 11th of November in each year was declared a legal holiday and was known as 'Armistice Day'.
The war which claimed the most American lives was the Civil war, with over 618,000 deaths, compared to 416,000 in World War II.
In 1953, a shoe store owner named Al King started a campaign that the day should celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War 1, suggesting it should be renamed 'All' Veterans Day.
Al's idea was taken up by his local Chamber of Commerce and then by a local congressman, who helped push a bill for the holiday through Congress. President Eisenhower signed it into law and in May 1954, Congress amended the law and officially replaced 'Armistice' with 'Veterans'.
An annual Veterans Day parade take place on 5th Avenue in Manhattan with over 500,000 attendees.
Across the country, many restaurants and fast food chains offer free meals to veterans.
Veterans Day honors all who have served their country whereas Memorial Day commemorates those who have laid down their lives for U.S. national defence.