Veterans Day

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Members of the United States Coast Guard in New York City (11 November 2009)

The Veterans Day ( English for Veterans Day or Day of Veterans ) is a day of remembrance, which in the United States on November 11 of, the day the armistice in World War I , and, if committed reminiscent of the war veterans. In Great Britain and the associated states of the Commonwealth the day is called Remembrance Day , in France and Belgium Jour du Souvenir or Wapenstilstandsdag .

Veterans Day in the United States

In the United States the holiday was originally called Armistice Day ( "Day of the truce ") and was committed to honor the Americans who participated in the First World War. Today is a Memorial Day in honor of all war veterans from all wars in which the United States participated.

Veterans' organizations hold parades or other special ceremonies, and the President or other senior government officials lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery .

In addition to Veterans Day, Memorial Day will also be celebrated nationwide at the end of May , a day of remembrance specifically in honor of military members who died in service.

The annual commemorative events are coordinated and this is invited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs , the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which among other things for the care of 123  cemeteries is responsible in the United States. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) is responsible for 24 foreign military cemeteries, mostly located in Europe .


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