Veterans Day, the next major holiday for Americans, will be next Tuesday on Nov. 11.
Some people will get Monday off, but Tuesday is definitely a federal holiday, meaning that many public services like schools, the DMV, the stock market, and post offices will get the day off.
Most national banks and some stores also observe the holiday.
The day honors people who have served in the US Armed Forces. It differs from Memorial Day in that it honors Americans who served, while Memorial Day–which is in May–serves to remember Americans who have died while serving.
Veterans Day coincides with Armistice Day–first observed on Nov. 11, 1919.
Then-President Woodrow Wilson said at the time: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Years later, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks led the first national Veterans Day celebration on that date in 1947.
Later, the holiday was signed into law by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.
Pittsburgh moves parade to weekend
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Organizers are moving Pittsburgh’s Veterans’ Day Parade up to Saturday, Nov. 8, in hopes it will enable more veterans to participate and draw a bigger crowd.
The parade held on a Monday last year drew a small crowd and some veterans complained they couldn’t participate because they had to work.
Veterans’ Day is Nov. 11, a Tuesday, so organizers are going to move it to the preceding Saturday to see whether it helps the event.
Tony Filardi, an Air Force veteran who chairs the parade, says, “We are giving it a test and if it doesn’t seem to work out we may go back to the 11th.”
This year’s parade begins at 10:30 a.m.