Micronesia observes Veterans of Foreign Wars Day on 11 November. This is the same date as Veterans Day is observed in the US. The close association Micronesia has with the US and its intertwined history account for Micronesia’s adoption of a US holiday.
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Veterans Day is remembered on 11 November because that is the day the Armistice was signed that ended World War I. At first, it was dedicated to honouring veterans of the First World War alone, but over time, its meaning was expanded to encompass veterans of all foreign wars. Living veterans are focused on, and civil wars are excluded.
Because many Micronesians fought in the US Armed Forces during World War II against the Japanese, Veterans Day became an important holiday in these far-flung island states. You will find flag-waving, parades, and special ceremonies to honour Micronesian veterans are a part of the celebration. Many also take the time off work and gather to eat and fellowship with family and friends.