Veterans Day

Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is a United States federal holiday to honor all the veteran armies who have served the country during wars. The Americans observe Veterans Day on 11 November every year since major combats of World War I were ended at 11 o’clock on 11 November 1918.

When is Veterans Day 2013?
Veterans Day 2013 falls on Monday, 11 November 2013.

When is Veterans Day 2014?
Veterans Day 2014 falls on Tuesday, 11 November 2014.

The Origin of Veterans Day
Veterans Day or Armistice Day was declared by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919. The bill to make Armistice Day as United States federal holidays was passed by the Congress on June 4, 1926. Armistice Day was then approved as an annual legal holiday observed on November 11. However, one US veteran army suggest the expansion of Armistice Day idea to honor all US veteran armies, not only those who died during wars. In 1954, the Congress changed Armistice Day into Veterans Day, and the name Veterans Day has been known since then.

The observance of Veterans Day was once moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1971 based on Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The date of Veterans Day was moved back to November 11 in 1978.

Veterans Day 2013 Observance
Since Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States, most businesses, stores, and schools are closed on that day. All workers of non-essential federal government offices are granted time off or given an additional payment for working on Veterans Day.

Some restaurant and fast food chains in US usually give free meals to the veterans during Veterans Day. Since Veterans Day falls adjacent to the United States Marine Corps birthday on November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps usually celebrate both events for the 96 hour period of liberty.

If Veterans Day falls on Saturday, the holiday observance will be moved to the Friday preceding the date of Veterans Day. When Veterans Day falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be considered a substitute holiday.

Happy Veterans Day 2013 !