History of Veterans Day
November 11 is a national holiday, designated to commemorate service veterans. World War I, or the Great War, as it was then called, officially ended on June 28, 1919, although fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice – a temporary cessation of hostilities – between the Allies and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This day is known as Armistice Day in Europe, and Veterans Day to American citizens, and celebrates veterans around the world for their patriotism, willingness to serve and personal sacrifice for the common good.
Veterans Day is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. However, if the federally-recognized holiday falls on a Sunday, the day of observance is moved to the following Monday, on the 12th.