Veterans Day is an official United States holiday
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11.
The Department of Veterans Affairs deems it a moment “to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, the federal government and many local governments and agencies will observe it Friday.
It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).
The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran’s or Veterans’).
Here’s a list of what will be open and closed for Veterans Day on Wednesday.
• Banks: Closed.
• Financial markets: Closed.
• Government offices: City, county, state and federal offices are closed.
• Libraries: The County’s central library and all city branches are closed. Suburban branches vary.
• Mail: No mail. Post offices are closed.
• Parking: Parking at city meters is free.
• Trash collection: City trash pickup will be on schedule. Other municipal and private haulers may work on a different schedule.