Celebrating Veterans Day

Veterans Day, a national holiday held annually on November 11, honors all U.S. service men and women who have served honorably both in peacetime and during wartime. Initially the holiday celebrated veterans of World War I, and then later veterans of World War II. By June 1, 1954, the holiday was expanded to honor all American veterans of all wars. Read more about the origins and history of Veterans Day. Some restaurants and retail stores offer veterans free meals and discounts on Veterans Day. Veterans also get free access to all National Parks year round.

Explore these numerous works from San Jose Public Library, both fiction and nonfiction, which feature U.S. military information and stories. Valuable resources dedicated to veterans and their families are also listed below.

Books and Movies

Half American the Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, book cover
War Stories, book cover
Restrepo: One Platoon, One Valley, One Year, book cover
Invisible Storm a Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD, book cover
 Out of Uniform Your Guide to A Successful Military-to-civilian Career Transition, book cover
With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa, book cover
Blaze of Light the Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient, book cover
Run Me to Earth a Novel, book cover
The War Librarian, book cover
American Veteran You Are Never the Same, book cover

Other San Jose Public Library Resources and Events

  • Vet Now: VetNow offers live online assistance for veterans and their families. Connect with a live navigator to get help determining your VA benefits, translating your resume for civilian jobs, building academic skills, and more.
  • Veterans of Life Write: Veterans of Life participants have shared their stories in film, presented their poetry live (*BP) and virtually and have just published a book, Veterans of Life Write, which is now available at all San José Public Library locations. Also, register for Jose Public Library's Virtual Veteran's of Life Events.

Other Local and National Resources