Friday 11 Nov, 2011

Veterans Day

President Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery during a ceremony earlier today. Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Though the sacrifices and dedication of our nation’s veterans affect our lives in big and small ways each and every day, Veterans Day marks a time when the nation comes together to remember and honor those who have served our country.

History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day had its beginning at the end of World War I. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 marked the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany. This day was celebrated as Armistice Day each year to commemorate the end of what was then called “The Great War” and became an official federal holiday in 1938. In the years following WWII and the Korean War, the day became known as Veterans Day to honor and recognize all those who have served.

Read more on the history of Veterans Day and watch this video.

Find out more about the men and women who serve in the United States military in U.S. Veterans: By the Numbers from ABC News.

Read about how Veterans Day celebrations have changed throughout the years in an article from National Geographic.

Honoring Our Veterans

View photos and videos submitted from people across the country on CNN’s Honor A Veteran.

See photos of veterans throughout the years in uniform on the Department of Veterans Affairs flickr page.

Learn about five simple ways to honor our heroes this Veterans Dayfrom the VFW.

Participate in “A Nation Thanks You” on Facebook.

Read about how to help veterans throughout the year in a post from veteran Brian McGough.

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