Americans are observing Veteran's Day Thursday, a national holiday set aside to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

President Bush is hosting a White House reception for veterans and leaders of veteran organizations. Later he and Mrs. Bush will participate in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, where many U.S. war heroes are buried.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says President Bush is looking forward to making remarks at the cemetery to honor all the men and women who have defended America.

Meanwhile, in Europe, several countries, are observing Armistice Day, the day World War I ended. Veterans and political leaders in countries including Britain, France and Belgium will pause to remember the fallen of the 1914 to 1918 war, and in Poland, today is also celebrated as independence day.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.