Veterans Day 2017 is celebrated on Saturday, November 11th in the United States. Veterans Day has a fixed date.
When Do We Celebrate Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is always observed on the 11th of November regardless of which day of the week the 11th falls on. When the 11th of November falls on the Sunday, as it will in 2018, the federal holiday is observed on the following Monday. This means that non-essential U.S. federal employees, including postal employees, will have the day off from work. Most banks will also close for the federal holiday on Monday, November 12, 2018.
Why Do We Celebrate Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States in honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The date of November 11th coincides with other international holidays, called Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other English-speaking countries. This date marks the official end of the First World War, which according to the treaty that ended hostilities ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November) in 1918.
Beginning in 1926, Americans began observing Armistice Day as a federal holiday. Then-president Calvin Coolidge signed the legislation into law. Military veteran Raymond Weeks began a national campaign in 1945 to expand the observation of Armistice Day to include all U.S. veterans, not only those who served in World War I. Federal observation of Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day by a bill signed by then-president Dwight Eisenhower in 1954.
Note that Veterans Day is officially written without a possessive apostrophe, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Americans sometimes confuse the meaning of the observance of Veterans Day with Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day. Memorial Day, observed during May, honors those military service members who gave their lives in defense of the United States. Also occurring in May, Armed Services Day honors currently serving members of the military. The intention of Veterans Day is specifically to honor veterans of the U.S. military who have retired from duty, whether they are still living or have passed away.