Veterans Day is a time to remember those in the armed forces.
And the local numbers of those in the service are growing.
Fort Lewis grew by 5,500 soldiers last year and will add another 3,300 by the end of 2007, putting the post's active-duty population at nearly 30,000, according to post officials.
The president proclaimed Saturday as the official observance of Veterans Day this year.
"Through the generations, America's men and women in uniform have defeated tyrants, liberated continents and set a standard of courage and idealism for the entire world," President Bush said in his Veterans Day proclamation.
"To protect the Nation they love, our veterans stepped forward when America needed them most. In conflicts around the world, their sacrifice and resolve helped destroy the enemies of freedom and saved millions from oppression. In answering history's call with honor, decency, and resolve, our veterans have shown the power of liberty and earned the respect and admiration of a grateful nation."
Veterans Day versus Memorial Day: Many people confuse the two, says the Veterans Affairs Web site.
Memorial Day is 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, it's the day set aside to thank and honor all who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.
Veterans Day events