Cities across the U.S. and military bases around the world honor veterans.
Around the country Thursday in public ceremonies and private remembrances Americans paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who have served and sacrificed in conflicts and wars.
At the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery Vice-President Joe Biden laid a wreath and honored veterans who served in both World Wars, the Korean War and Vietnam as well as those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The millions of you who gave service limb and sometimes life we owe you and in doing so you imparted a responsibility on all of us to respect, honor and care for those who risked their lives so we could live ours," he said afterward.
Halfway around the world in South Korea, President Obama commemorated the day by participating in a ceremony and meeting with troops.
"We recall acts of uncommon bravery, selflessness but we also remember that honoring those that have served is about more than the words that we say on Veterans Day or Memorial Day," President Obama said. "It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year."
In Afghanistan U.S. service members honored the nearly 1,400 hundred American lives lost in the war there and those who have served before them.
Back home in communities throughout the country, ceremonies and parades marked the day.
There are an estimated 23 million U.S. veterans living today.