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Veterans Day - A Day Dedicated to the Cause of World Peace

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Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans.

November 11th is also known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day in other countries and marks the date of the armistice agreement that ended the first World War in 1918.  On May 13, 1938 Congress declared November 11th "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."  In 1954, Congress replaced "Armistice" with "Veterans" in an amendment, and it hasn't changed since. 

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.  

Dartmouth College commemorates Veterans Day each year with several days of events honoring the service of America's veterans. All members of the Dartmouth community are encouraged to join in recognizing the accomplishments and sacrifices of the men and women who have so proudly and valiantly worn the uniforms of our nation's military. Events include a Formal Military Retreat Ceremony conducted by Dartmouth ROTC, Remembrance Breakfast at the Hanover Inn, Annual Veterans Day Banquet and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Veterans day is Saturday, November 11th this year and the celebrations begin on November 6th and run through Sunday, November 12th.  Visit the Calendar of Events page for the full schedule.

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