In honor of our Veterans, here is a list of facts about this important day, courtesy of educational site Ducksters.com:
What does Veterans Day celebrate?
Veterans Day is held in honor of all those who served in the United States Armed Forces. This is different from Memorial Day which honors those who died while serving.
When is Veterans Day celebrated?
November 11th or the nearest workday
Who celebrates this day?
Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States. All non-essential government agencies and many schools are closed for the day. Many other countries celebrate the day as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day as November 11th marked the end of World War I.
What do people do to celebrate?
There are many parades and services throughout the country that honor veterans. The National Ceremony is held each year at Arlington National Cemetery where the president gives a speech and veterans are honored.
Most major cities such as New York City, San Diego, and Dallas have a Veterans Day parade. At many events, such as church services and football games, veterans will be asked to stand and then the crowd will honor them with applause.
Many people fly a US flag on this day to show their patriotism and support for the armed services. At 11 am a moment of silence is observed to remember those who served.
If you see a veteran or soldier on Veterans Day, be sure to thank them personally for their service to our country.
Read more about Veterans Day at Ducksters.com.