Understanding Veterans Day In the USA
For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on the 11 of November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
With the official holiday landing on a Saturday this year it is also useful to understand what organizations will be closed on and around this holiday. Please see a short list below:
- Banks: The vast majority of banks will be open on Friday and will be closed on Saturday
- Post offices: Post offices are open Friday but closed Saturday
- Libraries: Most public libraries are closed on Saturday and some will also be closed on Friday
- Markets: Stock, bond and futures markets are open on Friday
- Non-essential federal offices and courts will be closed on Friday
- Schools: Closings vary