Armistice Day

Armistice Day (which overlaps with Remembrance Day) is a holiday on November 11th and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.

World War I was officially concluded on the 11th hour of the 11th Day of November, at 11 A.M. in 1918. On November 11th of the following year, President Woodrow Wilson  

declared that day as "Armistice Day" in honor of the peace. (The term armistice means "truce" or the end of wartime hostilities.)

In the USA in 1921, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington Cemetery with a ceremony on November 11th. After this dedication, Armistice Day was adopted in many states and at the federal level as a day to honor veterans. This was made official in 1938 when an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday.

Veterans Day

In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day. For several years in the 1970s, Veterans Day was observed in October by many states but in 1978 it was returned to November 11th

Official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day center around the Tomb of the Unknowns. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.  At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes "Present Arms" at the tomb. The nation's tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath and the playing of "Taps."

Veterans Day is a day to honor all veterans of the Military while Memorial Day honors those who died serving in the Military. 

Remembrance Sunday

After the end of World War II, in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries, most Armistice Day observances were moved to the nearest Sunday and began to commemorate both World Wars. The nearest sunday was named Remembrance Sunday or Remembrance Day. Both Armistice Day and Remembrance Day are commemorated formally in the United Kingdom.
Since the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 1995, it has become usual to hold ceremonies on both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.  Armistice Day formally commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Rememberance Sunday is observed on..
2013 November 10th
2014 November 9th
2015 November 8th
2016 November 13th
2017 November 12th
2018 November 11th
2019 November 10th
2020 November 8th
2021 November 14th

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a public holiday in Bermuda, Canada, Italy (the Day of National Unity Day of the Armed Forces), Kenya, Mauritius, Northern Ireland, Poland, South Africa (Poppy Day), United Kingdom, United States (Veterans Day). It is also observed (though not official) in  Australia, Barbados, Hong Kong, India, and Ireland.

Remembrance Day is a national holiday in France and Belgium on November 11th. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at 11:00 a.m. in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month." Armistice Day is one the most important military observations in France.
In Poland, November 11th is Independence Day, the signing of the armistice and the ending of First World War allowed Polish people to regain the freedom and unity of their country.

Poppy Day

In South Africa, the Armistice is observed as Poppy Day, which is not a public holiday. It takes place on the Saturday nearest to Remembrance Day

Poppy Day is observed on.. 

The Day of National Unity Day of the Armed Forces

The Day of National Unity Day of the Armed Forces, Giorno dell'Unità Nazionale Giornata delle Forze Armate in Italian. In Italy this holiday observes  the ceasefire that followed the Armistice of Villa Giusti in 1918. Originally observed on November 4th, now celebrated on the first Sunday in November.  It honors soldiers who died fighting for the country.

The First Sunday in November is on...
2013 November 3rd
2014 November 2nd
2015 November 1st
2016 November 6th
2017 November 5th
2018 November 4th
2019 November 3rd
2020 November 1st
2021 November 7th

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