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November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. Saturday, November 11 is also Veterans Day.

Below is some information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Fox News about this important month, and why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11.

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From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
National Veterans and Military Families Month - November 2017
For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.

From Fox News quoting the V.A.:
Fighting during WWI stopped on Nov. 11, 1918 due to an armistice between the Germans and the Allies, the VA notes. Nov. 11 was commemorated as Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, it adds. A resolution passed by Congress in 1926, according to the federal agency, called for Nov. 11 to be remembered every year “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” In 1938, Armistice Day was officially made a legal public holiday, the VA says. Many American soldiers lost their lives during WWII and the Korean War. In the wake of these wars, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.