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What are some reasons for honoring veterans?

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In the United States, Americans honor veterans for their heroism and service to their country as members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is an official federal holiday in the United States and is observed on November 11 each year.

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Veterans Day began as Armistice Day which was first observed November 11, 1919 after U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day to mark the cessation of fighting during World War I that occurred on that date the previous year. Americans observed the first official Veterans Day on November 11, 1954, after President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated it as a federal holiday. The holiday honors all Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and celebrates their bravery, patriotism and commitment to protecting their country through military service.

Americans sometimes confuse the intention of Veterans Day with Memorial Day. While Veterans Day is reserved as a day on which to honor the bravery of all U.S. veterans, Memorial Day is a federal holiday on which Americans pay tribute to and remember those who died while in service to their country. Americans observe Memorial Day on the last Monday of each May.

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