Today is Veterans Day, the day when we thank and honor those who have served our country.  There are a number of events throughout the day in West Michigan.  One of the highlights is tonight's Grand Rapids Veteran's Day Parade at 7:30.

What exactly is Veterans Day? explains:

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.

There are many ways to honor our veterans today.

The Grand Rapids Veterans Day Parade starts at 7:30 tonight on Division just north of Michigan.  The parade will go down Division to Fulton, then take Fulton to Veterans Memorial Park for a ceremony.

WZZM has info on more West Michigan Veterans Day activities.