On November 11, Americans around the country honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. This was because World War I ended on November 11, 1918. However, in 1954, Armistice Day was name renamed Veterans Day, and its focus was widened to honor all veterans. As of 2013, the United States had over 19 million veterans. This includes the 1.3 million veterans who served in World War II.