Today is Veterans Day in the USA. It signifies the day we remember those who served, whether dead or alive, whether served in country or at home.
Although there are subtle differences between the USA and other countries, the date is important because it signifies the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That's why some Americans call Veterans Day by its other name, one celebrated by many the world over: Armistice Day. The first official Armistice Day in the U.S. was on November 11, 1919 as declared by President Woodrow Wilson.
In Great Britain and the Commonwealth, as well as Canada, the day is called Remembrance Day, and also referred to as Poppy Day. In Great Britain, Remembrance Day is for honoring the dead. In Canada, it's for honoring the living. In both New Zealand and Australia, there are ceremonies, but it is not an official holiday.
The first Armistice Day celebrated in Great Britain was by King George V in 1919, but after World War II, the day was changed to Remembrance Day, which then turned into Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday nearest Nov. 11. In recent years Armistice Day has become increasingly celebrated, and many people now attend the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. I remember seeing photos of Queen Elizabeth attending one such event there.
According to Wikipedia:
"Armistice Day" remains the name of the holiday in France and Belgium, and it has been a statutory holiday in Serbia since 2012. In Italy the end of World War I is commemorated on 4 November, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti.I've written many different Veterans Day posts in the past, this one from 2015, this one from 2014, this from 2013, and these from 2011 and 2010 which are
Thank you for your visit today. This is Day 11 of AEDM and a day of patriotism. It is also for honoring our soldiers dead and alive the world over.