Veterans Day around the world in 2020

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  Dates of Veterans Day around the world
2022 US Virgin IslandsNov 11
US Virgin Islands Fri, Nov 11National Holiday
2021 Various Nov 11
American SamoaThu, Nov 11National Holiday
GuamThu, Nov 11National Holiday
Puerto RicoThu, Nov 11National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsThu, Nov 11National Holiday
USA Nov 11
AlabamaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
AlaskaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ArizonaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ArkansasThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
CaliforniaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ColoradoThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ConnecticutThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
DelawareThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
FloridaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
GeorgiaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
HawaiiThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IdahoThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IllinoisThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IndianaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IowaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
KansasThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
KentuckyThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
LouisianaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MaineThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MarylandThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MassachusettsThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MichiganThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MinnesotaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MississippiThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MissouriThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MontanaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NebraskaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NevadaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New HampshireThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New JerseyThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New MexicoThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New YorkThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
North CarolinaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
North DakotaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OhioThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OklahomaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OregonThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
South CarolinaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
South DakotaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
TennesseeThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
TexasThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
UtahThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
VermontThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
VirginiaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
WashingtonThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
West VirginiaThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
WyomingThu, Nov 11Regional Holiday
2020 Various Nov 11
American SamoaWed, Nov 11National Holiday
GuamWed, Nov 11National Holiday
Puerto RicoWed, Nov 11National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsWed, Nov 11National Holiday
USA Nov 11
AlabamaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
AlaskaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ArizonaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ArkansasWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
CaliforniaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ColoradoWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ConnecticutWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
DelawareWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
FloridaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
GeorgiaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
HawaiiWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IdahoWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IllinoisWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IndianaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IowaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
KansasWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
KentuckyWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
LouisianaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MaineWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MarylandWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MassachusettsWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MichiganWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MinnesotaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MississippiWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MissouriWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MontanaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NebraskaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NevadaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New HampshireWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New JerseyWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New MexicoWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New YorkWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
North CarolinaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
North DakotaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OhioWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OklahomaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OregonWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
South CarolinaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
South DakotaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
TennesseeWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
TexasWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
UtahWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
VermontWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
VirginiaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
WashingtonWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
West VirginiaWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
WyomingWed, Nov 11Regional Holiday
2019 Various Nov 11
American SamoaMon, Nov 11National Holiday
GuamMon, Nov 11National Holiday
Puerto RicoMon, Nov 11National Holiday
US Virgin IslandsMon, Nov 11National Holiday
USA Nov 11
AlabamaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
DelawareMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
FloridaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
IowaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
KansasMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
KentuckyMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
LouisianaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New MexicoMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
North CarolinaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
2018 Various Nov 11, Nov 12
Puerto RicoSun, Nov 11National Holiday
USA Nov 12
AlabamaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
AlaskaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
ArizonaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
ArkansasMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
CaliforniaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
ColoradoMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
ConnecticutMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
DelawareMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
District of ColumbiaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
FloridaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
GeorgiaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
HawaiiMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
IdahoMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
IllinoisMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
IndianaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
IowaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
KansasMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
KentuckyMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
LouisianaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MaineMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MarylandMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MassachusettsMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MichiganMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MinnesotaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MississippiMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MissouriMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MontanaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
NebraskaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
NevadaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
New HampshireMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
New JerseyMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
New MexicoMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
New YorkMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
North CarolinaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
North DakotaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
OhioMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
OklahomaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
OregonMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PennsylvaniaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Rhode IslandMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
South CarolinaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
South DakotaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
TennesseeMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
TexasMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
UtahMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
VermontMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
VirginiaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
WashingtonMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
West VirginiaMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
WyomingMon, Nov 12Regional Holiday
  Summary
Observed on November 11th to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918
  Which countries observe Veterans Day in 2020?
American Samoa  American SamoaNov 11National Holiday
Guam  GuamNov 11National Holiday
Puerto Rico  Puerto RicoNov 11National Holiday
US Virgin Islands  US Virgin IslandsNov 11National Holiday
USA  USANov 11Regional Holiday
Related holidays

When is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states with the exception of Wisconsin.

The federal holiday is observed on November 12th or the weekday closest to November 12th, if November 12th falls on a weekend.

In most 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 New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq remain open on this federal holiday.

Overall Veterans Day is a paid holiday for only 19% of American workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just 11% of private-sector workers get the day off. 

History of 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.")

Did you know?

The last soldier killed in action in World War I is generally acknowledged to be an American called Henry Gunther from Baltimore. He was killed 60 seconds before the armistice came into force while charging German troops who knew that the Armistice was imminent. It was said that Gunther had been despondent over a recent reduction in rank and was trying to redeem his reputation.

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'.

Did you know?

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'.

In 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act initially applied to Veterans Day as well, stipulating that the federal holiday should be observed on the fourth Monday of October. However, veterans groups opposed the change and most states kept their Veterans Day commemorations on November 11th. In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a law that moved the holiday back to November 11th.

How is Veterans Day observed?

An annual Veterans Day parade takes 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.

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Three facts about Veterans Day

It wasn't until 1954 that President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day

Between the years of 1971 and 1977, Veterans Day was celebrated on every fourth Monday during October. The holiday was changed back to its original date on Nov. 11, 1978, by President Ford.

California is home to most veterans in the US, with 1.7 million. Texas and Florida are next, with 1.5 million veterans.

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