Today is a holiday in the U.S. called Veterans Day. It is a day when Americans thank and show support for veterans. Veterans Day is a federal holiday held on November 11th. It began as "Armistice Day" in 1919 for the veterans of WWI. WWI ended on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The name was later changed to "Veterans Day" to include all veterans.
Many stores put up signs saying thank-you to military members. I also noticed today many messages on Facebook to show support for the military.
veteran - any person who has been, or is in the military.
federal holiday-a public holiday in all 50 states
* veterans who have been involved in certain wars are called by the name of the war. For example, Vietnam veteran, WWII veteran, Iraq war veteran, etc.