An American holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federalÂ and a state holiday, the day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty
It is observed on November 11 which isÂ the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918)
Note: When a federal holiday falls on a Sunday, as Veterans Day 2007 does,Â Â federal employeesÂ observe the dayÂ on the following Monday. So federal employees have tomorrow November 12th off.