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Decoder Buzz How are Veterans Day and Memorial Day different? (+video)

Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day grew organically out of other holidays that commemorated the end of wars. But Nov. 11 honors a different, larger group of people than does Memorial Day.

By Staff writer / November 11, 2013

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Why does the United States have a holiday named Veterans Day and one named Memorial Day? Don’t they overlap a bit, with both celebrating the US armed forces and military service?