At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Barack Obama, with Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan, Commanding General U.S. Army Military District of Washington, places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.

“It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

“The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

“Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service.” (

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