Veterans Day recognizes U.S. military service, heroism

Hands adjusting medal around man's neck (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)
(© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Each year on Veterans Day, Americans pay tribute to service members such as World War II veteran Remigio “Rey” Cabacar (above).

Cabacar served in a U.S. Army unit under the command of General Douglas MacArthur and, along with other Filipino American World War II veterans, belatedly received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2017.

Above, Cabacar, then 94, is pictured arriving at a Veterans Day ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington November 11, 2021.

On Veterans Day, ceremonies and parades honor the sacrifices of U.S. veterans whose service has protected the United States and defended its freedoms and values.