Next year, Veterans Day will fall on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Because the holiday falls on a weekend, Federal Government offices will be closed on Friday, November 10.
Veterans Day honors all people who have served in the armed forces. Originally dubbed Armistice Day, the holiday honors the signing of the armistice to end World War I. The act that recognized November 11 as a legal holiday was approved on May 13, 1938, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the holiday’s name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1958. His proclamation reads, “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”
Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day. What’s the difference between the two holidays? Veterans Day honors both living and dead veterans who served in the armed forces, while Memorial Day only commemorates those who lost their lives in war or as a result of wounds inflicted during battle. The latter is celebrated on the last Monday of May every year.
Because Veterans Day is a federal holiday, some workers and many students have the day off. The US Postal Service is also closed.