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Veterans Day is a time to respect and celebrate the people in your life who have served in the military and have been discharged. It’s different from other holidays that focus on military members like Memorial Day, Armed Services Day, Women Veterans Day, and international holidays like Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.
This is a day for Americans to thank the members of the community who have put in the time to defend the nation and the freedoms that we enjoy. It’s a time to appreciate the sweat and blood of close to 20 million veterans who live and work in America today. The history is important to remember, too, in order to understand why other countries around the world celebrate Armistice Day or Remembrance Day instead. Americans can remember and be proud of the role the country played in the Allied victory during World War I and know that once we celebrated that victory with the world. But there have been many conflicts since then, and many, many more veterans.
Now, this holiday serves to remind us to appreciate what we have while we have it. Don’t wait to thank a veteran. Be kind, listen, and help wherever you can. Because they already have.