What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is an official and public holiday which is annually celebrated in United States of America. It is celebrated on 11th of November annually. The purpose of Veterans Day is honoring military veterans and memorializing them.
World War I formally ended at 11.00 a.m. of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. After the four years long war finally ended, an armistice was signed. The end of the war was welcomed with cheers and celebrations.
To remember and memorialize the sacrifices made by men and women who served in the war for United States Armed Force, 11th November 1918 was regarded as Armistice Day. After 20 years from 1918, in 1938, Armistice Day went through as an official holiday by council. But World War I was not the final war for United States of America.
After World War II, Americans kept up memorializing the 11th day of November as Armistice Day. In 1954, it was renamed as Veterans Day. The date is still coincides with the other holidays which are related to the end of the World War I like Remembrance Day, Armistice Day etc.
In 1971, former president Richard Nixon announced the fourth Monday of October as Veterans Day and it was accepted as an official holiday. In 1978, Veterans Day was moved back to its original celebration date which is 11th of November.
Some American workers and students have 11th of November off from work or school. It’s because Veterans Day is a federal holiday. All federal workers are paid for the holiday. Americans do some memorial services for honoring military veterans and arrange some commemorative ceremonies.
When is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is celebrated on 11th of November annually. The next Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Dates for Veterans Day from 2018 to 2025
- Veterans Day 2019 - November 11, 2019 - Monday
- Veterans Day 2020 - November 11, 2020 - Wednesday
- Veterans Day 2021 - November 11, 2021 - Thursday
- Veterans Day 2022 - November 11, 2022 - Friday
- Veterans Day 2023 - November 11, 2023 - Saturday
- Veterans Day 2024 - November 11, 2024 - Monday
- Veterans Day 2025 - November 11, 2025 - Tuesday