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Armistice Day
Published: 02/07/2005 | Updated:  07/29/2014
What is Armistice Day and when is it?
What was once called "Armistice Day" is now known as Veterans Day which is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 preserves the historical significance of the date, when leaders of several countries signed an Armistice on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month to end World War I.  It also helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.