What Is Veterans Day?

As November arrives, we anticipate Veterans Day, a day of national gratitude. Beyond being just a holiday, this day is dedicated to honoring those living and deceased, who have served the country. In this article, we will delve into the history, significance, and observance of Veterans Day, along with ways to show appreciation. Keep reading to gain a deeper understanding of this important day.

Why Do We Have Veterans Day?

While Veterans Day is celebrated in various countries to acknowledge the ongoing service and sacrifices of military personnel, our focus here will be on its significance in the United States.

What Is The Purpose Of Veterans Day?

The purpose of Veterans Day is rooted in the expression of gratitude to all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is a collective salute to honor their commitment, valor, and the challenges they have faced in the line of duty. 

Veterans Day Importance For Soldiers

Veterans Day holds profound importance for soldiers, providing recognition for their service. It offers a sense of belonging, an opportunity to share their stories, express emotions, and find solace among peers who have faced similar challenges. Service members, following their military service, often grapple with day-to-day difficulties and adjustments to civilian life. As such, public support plays a crucial role in the well-being of veterans. 

Cell Phones For Soldiers aims to make a difference by providing free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Since 2004, we have provided more than 400 million minutes of airtime to servicemen and women deployed around the world, by recycling more than 25 million cell phones reducing the impact on landfills.

History Of Veterans Day 

The roots of Veterans Day can be traced back to Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I.

Who Founded Veterans Day?

The idea of dedicating a specific day to honor veterans gained momentum through the efforts of Raymond Weeks. Often referred to as the “Father of Veterans Day”, Weeks played a pivotal role in expanding Armistice Day, which initially honored veterans of World War I, into a day recognizing all American veterans. As a World War II veteran, Weeks’ advocacy laid the groundwork for the establishment of Veterans Day. On June 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially signed the legislation declaring Veterans Day as a national holiday.

Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans

The transition from Armistice Day to Veterans Day stands as a remarkable historic milestone. The change was initiated to broaden the scope of recognition, honoring veterans of all wars, paying tribute to the sacrifices of a more extensive spectrum of military personnel.

Veterans Day Observances

What Day Is Veterans Day? 

Regardless of what day of the week on which it falls on, Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11.

Why Is November 11 Veterans Day?

The November 11 holiday holds historical significance as it marks the end of World War I, which officially took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The armistice, signed on this day in 1918, brought an end to hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany

Is Veterans Day Always On November 11?

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11 each year to commemorate the armistice and the end of World War I. This date has become a symbol of honor and remembrance for veterans.

What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? 

Although both Veterans Day and Memorial Day share the common thread of honoring service members, they are distinct in date and purpose. Veterans Day serves as a celebration of all veterans, living and deceased. In contrast, Memorial Day, observed annually on the last Monday of May, is a solemn commemoration focused specifically on those who lost their lives in the line of duty. 


On this day, federal government offices shutter their doors, and various events and activities are organized across the country to recognize the service of veterans. Traditionally, the President of the United States participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Across the country, numerous communities conduct parades, memorial services, and other events to commemorate the occasion.

Veterans Day Events

The celebration of Veterans Day takes various forms, including parades, memorial services, and discounts in stores and restaurants to honor veterans.

What are some famous Veterans Day parades in the USA?

Communities throughout the nation go above and beyond to showcase their gratitude through grand parades and events. To highlight the largest and most prominent Veterans Day celebrations in the country, here are most popular parades in major cities:

      • New York City Veterans Day Parade

      • Chicago Veterans Day Parade

      • Washington D.C. Veterans Day Parade

      • San Francisco Veterans Day Parade

      • Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade

    How can I show my appreciation to veterans?

    Participating in Veterans Day is an opportunity to actively demonstrate your gratitude. Here are some meaningful ways to show appreciation:

    Volunteer Your Time

    Consider dedicating your time to volunteer for local veterans’ organizations, hospitals, or community events. Offering a helping hand not only provides valuable assistance but also fosters a sense of community and connection with those who have served.

    Advocate for Veterans’ Rights

    Take a stand for veterans by becoming an advocate for their rights and well-being. Stay informed about issues affecting veterans, engage in discussions, and support policies that enhance the lives of those who have dedicated themselves to serving the country.

    Make a Donation

    Your generous donations hold the power to transform the lives of our veterans. Make a donation to Cell Phones For Soldiers, where every dollar fuels essential programs for those who’ve served our country. Together, let’s make a meaningful difference by providing vital resources and support to those in need.

    Support Local Veterans’ Initiatives

    Discover and support local initiatives dedicated to veterans. This could include participating in community projects, attending veteran-focused events, or contributing to programs aimed at improving the lives of veterans and their families within your own community.

    Connect Personally

    Take the time to connect with veterans on a personal level. Engage in conversations, listen to their stories, and express your gratitude directly. Personal connections can be immensely powerful in making veterans feel valued and understood.

    By actively engaging in these meaningful ways, you contribute to a collective effort to honor and support veterans, making a positive impact on their lives and the community as a whole.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, Veterans Day is officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States.

    As a federal holiday, various institutions, including federal government offices, schools, and many businesses are closed. However, some retail stores and restaurants may remain open, often offering special discounts to veterans and active-duty military personnel.

    Start by researching reputable organizations that align with your values and priorities.

    In addition to monetary contributions, alternative forms of donations are welcomed. For instance, if you have unused cell phones, chargers, or MP3 players, you can donate them to Cell Phone for Soldiers.

    While the specific day and traditions may vary, many countries around the world have similar observances to honor military personnel. Here are some examples:

    1. United Kingdom – Remembrance Day

    On November 11th, the United Kingdom observes Remembrance Day with ceremonies at war memorials and cenotaphs across the nation. The day typically begins with a two-minute silence at 11am, honoring the armistice that ended World War I. Poppies, inspired by the famous war poem “In Flanders Fields,” are worn, and the Royal British Legion organizes events to commemorate the sacrifices of military personnel. The UK also holds parades, and communities actively participate in paying respects to their veterans.

    2. Canada – Remembrance Day

    Canada’s Remembrance Day, also observed on November 11th, shares similarities with the UK. Canadians attend ceremonies at war memorials, where wreaths are laid, and the Last Post is played. The wearing of red poppies is a widely recognized symbol, and schools, businesses, and individuals contribute to the commemoration. The National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa is a significant event, drawing attention to the sacrifices of Canadian armed forces members.

    3. Australia – Anzac Day

    April 25th marks Anzac Day in Australia, commemorating the sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in various conflicts. The day begins with dawn services, reflecting the time of the original Gallipoli landing during World War I. Australians attend marches, pay respects at war memorials, and participate in community activities to honor their veterans. The Ode of Remembrance is recited, emphasizing the enduring memory of those who served.

    4. France – Armistice Day

    On November 11th, France observes Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I. Ceremonies are held at war memorials, and wreaths are laid to remember the fallen. The French people participate in a national moment of silence at 11am, and the President of France typically lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

    5. Germany – Volkstrauertag (National Day of Mourning)

    Volkstrauertag, observed on the Sunday closest to November 16th, is Germany’s National Day of Mourning. Germans engage in ceremonies at military cemeteries, war memorials, and other solemn locations. The President of Germany delivers a speech, and various organizations and communities participate in commemorative events.

    6. India – Armed Forces Flag Day

    India observes Armed Forces Flag Day on December 7th to honor its military personnel. The day involves fundraising campaigns to support the welfare of the armed forces. Citizens wear the armed forces flag as a mark of respect, and various activities such as flag marches, awareness programs, and cultural events are organized.


    Make a Meaningful Impact

    As we take a moment to reflect on the significance of Veterans Day, let us not only remember but actively engage in actions that honor and support our veterans. Learn more about what we do and consider making a difference by donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers to enhance the lives of those who have selflessly served our nation.

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