Veterans Day is observed in the United States while Remembrance Day is observed in Canada on November 11 every year. Why November 11? It’s the day in 1918 that armed forces ceased fighting in World War I. The time, 11 a.m., also receives special acknowledgement around the world. Learn more about these two special holidays that recognize veterans in North America.
1. Which Veterans Are Recognized
In the U.S., Veterans Day recognizes all veterans, living and dead. In Canada, Remembrance Day recognizes veterans who have died in military service.
2. Commonly Confused Holidays
3. Floral Traditions
In the U.S., a wreath is placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day.
In Canada, red poppies are worn on Remembrance Day. The symbol comes from the poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian doctor John McCrae in 1915 about his experience treating fallen soldiers in World War I. The Royal Canadian Legion distributes poppies for Remembrance Day, with donations going to help veterans in need of assistance.
4. Number of Veterans in North America
There are 16.1 million veterans of war in the U.S. Two million of them are women. Three U.S. states are home to more than one million veterans—Florida, Texas and California.
In Canada, there are more than 75,000 veterans of World War II. Their average age is 91. More than 9,000 veterans of the Korean War are still living, and their average age is 83.
5. Moment of Silence
A moment of silence is also known as a minute’s silence or a one-minute silence. In Canada, Remembrance Day is commemorated with a two-minute silence beginning at 11:00 a.m. The same practice is observed in the United States on Veterans Day at 3:11 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative is proud to recognize veterans throughout North America, where we have worked in communities since 2000. We thank them for their service.