Sometimes kids get the day off for Veterans Day, but do you know what this holiday is for? November 11 is a day to honor men and women who have served in the United States military. They're known as veterans (say: vet-er-uhns).
Veterans may have served in the military during times of peace or when the country was at war. You might have heard of some of the wars veterans served in, such as World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. The soldiers now serving in Afghanistan and Iraq - and elsewhere in the world - also will be considered veterans.
November 11 was first set aside to mark the end of fighting in World War I on that day in 1918. Then in 1954, the government made November 11 a day to honor all veterans and changed the name to Veterans Day.
Here are some ways to observe Veterans Day:
- Attend a parade or memorial service.
- Talk with a relative or friend who served in the military.
- Learn about past wars and how they shaped the nation's history.