Observed on November 11th, Veteran's Day is a legal holiday that honors the Americans who served in the armed forces, particularly those who fought during the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Veteran's Day is a day for remembering the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who fought for the freedom of their country. A popular motto for Veterans Day is All gave some, Some gave all.
Many people visit famous memorials, such as the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and the Marine Corps Veterans' Memorial in Washington. People also attend picnics and barbecues that are sponsored by various veterans groups.
Veteran's Day began as Armistice Day. This is the name given to November 11th by President Woodrow Wilson. He proclaimed Armistice Day a day to remember the tragedies of war. Britain and France observe this day to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. On November 11, 1921, the body of an unknown soldier was laid to rest in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The inscription on the soldier's tomb reads Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God. In 1938, Congress enacted a law making Armistice Day a federal holiday. Then in 1954, they changed the name to Veteran's Day to honor all American veterans.