Patriot Day 2014 / September 11: Walmart, Target, Banks, Schools, Post Office, DMV Open or Closed? Not a National Holiday

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 10, 2014 Updated: September 10, 2014

Patriot Day, which was enacted after the Sept. 11, 2014 terrorist attacks, isn’t a national holiday.

Banks, schools, the DMV, the post office, and mail delivery all function as normal.

Meanwhile, businesses like Walmart, Target, and Costco don’t have the day off or truncated hours.

Only 10 federal holidays exist right now:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday
Washington’s birthday (commonly known as President’s Day)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Oct. 13)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

AP update: Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants 

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad came as President Barack Obama prepared to outline his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group that has overrun wide swaths of northern Iraq and Syria.

The increased devotion to Iraq and its spiraling security problems means Obama likely will spend the remaining two years of his presidency focused on a nation he campaigned to largely leave in the rear-view mirror after withdrawing American troops in 2011.

“This is a fight that the Iraqi people must win, but it’s also a fight that the rest of the world needs to win with them,” Kerry told reporters at the close of a daylong visit to Baghdad, the first high-level meeting between the U.S. and new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. “And it’s a fight the United States and the rest of the world need to support every single step of the way.”

A coalition of nearly 40 nations already has committed to contribute to what Kerry predicted will be a worldwide fight to defeat the Islamic State, which has surpassed even al-Qaida in its ruthlessness to impose extremist laws in a caliphate it wants to carve out of the Mideast. But much of the world — and most notably Iraq — was watching to see what Obama would offer in a speech Wednesday night.

Al-Abadi, who was sworn into office just days ago, told Kerry that the U.S. and other foreign allies must help Iraq stem the threat that is pouring in the country from Syria, where the Islamic State has established a safe haven.

“Of course, our role is to defend our country, but the international community is responsible to protect Iraq and protect Iraqis in the whole region,” al-Abadi said. “What’s happening in Syria is coming across to Iraq. We cannot cross that border. It’s an international border, but there is a role for the international community, for the United Nations to do that role … to act immediately to stop the spread of this cancer.”

Brandishing Obama’s plans, Kerry will head to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. In one noteworthy example, Saudi leaders invited Iraqi diplomats to the conference — a significant step forward for two nations that have been at odds over sectarian tensions and political tussles for years.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.