Get it straight: The difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day

(CNN) — We are here to make sure you don’t embarrass yourself.

Veterans Day is an annual event, but inevitably, someone says something demonstrating confusion over the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

Allow us to explain it to you.

Veterans Day:

This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. According to, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

“In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans,” the site says. “With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became…

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