Today, November 10, was a day off for many government employees. This year November 11 falls on a Saturday so Veterans Day is observed on Friday. However, it seems that the actual observation is not consistent.
I did receive mail today, so the postal office is only closed on Saturday. The library was closed today and also tomorrow, so they observe both days. I didn’t get a newspaper, but that is probably not related and just poor service. We do not get a day off for Veterans Day at work so the day falling on a Saturday makes no difference.
Veterans Day is a day when we remember those who have served our country in the military. Today this includes all veterans, but November 11 was initially only set aside to honor those who gave their lives in World War I. The picture above shows my Great Grandfather’s cousin in his World War I uniform. For more about his service see: Veterans Day III
The day was originally observed as Armistice Day and was the anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. During World War II a movement began to expand the observance to include all veterans. In 1954 the day was changed from Armistice to Veterans Day.
The date of Veterans Day has also changed over time. Starting in 1971 the observance of Veterans Day was moved to the 4th Monday in October after the signing of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act by President Johnson in 1968.
Take some time on Saturday to remember our Veterans.