Observation of Veteran's Day!
Today is the observation of Veteran’s Day! Veteran’s Day is observed on the second Monday of the month of November. However, that wasn’t always the case. Originally Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day. It all began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, also known as “the Great War.” It then became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938 and was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October. Then in 1954, in the aftermath of World War II, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, celebrated on November 11th, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
While Veterans Day is celebrated in many countries in different ways, in the United States at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
In observation of Veteran’s Day banks, city-parish, federal, state and government offices will be closed today. Post offices are also closed Monday, with only Express Mail being delivered. Garbage and recyclables will be collected as usual.
Today, I give thanks to all our wonderful Veterans for all they’ve done for our country. May God Bless our Veterans and the many active duty members that continue to protect us and fight for our freedom. I pray for your safe return home.