Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice.) Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. How the French celebrate Armistice Day is not very different from how other nations celebrate this solemn holiday. Armistice Day, celebrated on November 11, marks the end of World War I. Originally a day to honor those who had served in the first World War, the day became a way to remember all who served and died to preserve France in various wars.
There is one minute silence in France, as in many other nations, at precisely 11 o'clock in the morning on the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11), the nation pauses for a moment of silence. During this time, people reflect on the many sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought in France's wars and who died for their country.