The common British, Canadian, South African, and ANZAC tradition includes either one or two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (11:00 a.m., 11 November), as that marks the time (in the United Kingdom) when the armistice became effective.Now I understand why I never heard of Veterans Day when I was young: it was called Armistice Day and then was changed to Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is observed in the United States on 11 November, and is both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states. However, the function of the observance elsewhere is more closely matched by Memorial Day in May. In the United States, and some other allied nations, 11 November was formerly known as Armistice Day; in the United States it was given its new name in 1954 at the end of the Korean War to honor all veterans. Veterans Day is observed with memorial ceremonies, salutes at military cemeteries, and parades.Although I live not far from Canada, I looked in several places to buy myself a poppy to wear, and I couldn't find one. So I went on line and am now sending all of you a virtual poppy to help us remember those who served. And in less than an hour, I'm going to sit in silence and remember my own veterans, at 11:00 on 11/11.