Veterans Day: How it Differs from Memorial Day

John Petro


As we celebrate Veterans Day, we express gratitude for those who have served in the Armed Services. Its roots go back to World War I and Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the Armistice following the War on 11:11:11, the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. I write about its origin in WWI in more detail here.


Contrast between Veterans Day and Memorial Day

It differs from Memorial Day whose history goes back to the American Civil War, and the original observance of Decoration Day, wherein people honored those who died in service to their country. You can read about it here.






I love to hear veterans’ stories. I have a buddy who was an Air Force pilot who tells me exciting stories. I’ve received hundreds of emails from people all over the world after my father’s story was featured on the original HBO Band of Brothers website.


Do this on Veterans Day: find a veteran. If you see one at lunch, pay for their meal. Ask him or her to tell you one story about their service. It will honor them. And it will keep the memory alive for another generation.

Never was so much owed by so many to so few. –Winston Churchill


Bill Petro, son of John Petro

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Bill Petro has been a technology sales enablement executive with extensive experience in Cloud Computing, Automation, Data Center, Information Storage, Big Data/Analytics, Mobile, and Social technologies.

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