How Does America Honor Veterans?


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The United States honors veterans by dedicating two major holidays to them. Also, most cities and many towns across the country have places dedicated to soldiers who have fought and died in various wars.

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Memorial Day is a day to honor those veterans who died in the service of their country. This holiday honors all deceased veterans of any military engagement since the inception of the United States. Parades are common, and people wear red poppies in remembrance. As of 2015, the holiday has become associated with barbecues and other parties rather than just with the remembrance of fallen veterans.

The United States celebrates Veteran's Day every November 11th. It honors all U.S. veterans both living and dead, but the focus is more on those who are still alive. This holiday originally commemorated the end of World War I, which is why the country celebrates it on the anniversary of the ending of that particular war. After the culmination of World War II, Veteran's Day expanded to honor all veterans of all wars.

Some of the most well-known places dedicated to soldiers are located in Washington, D.C. Many of the memorials commemorate specific conflicts. For example, there are the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Americans can visit these locations to honor their fallen soldiers.

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