Veterans Day, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Veterans Day
Veterans Day takes place on November 11. It is not a designated Monday holiday. Originally a commemoration of the November 11, 1918 armistice that ended hostilities in the First World War, the day was extended to honor all those who have served in the nation's armed forces.

While Americans consistently honor their veterans on a year-round basis, Veterans Day itself, perhaps because it does not create a three-day holiday weekend, is not a major holiday, especially considering the onset of Thanksgiving just two weeks later. Veterans groups conduct ceremonies and parades of course, and federal offices and banks close, but many state and local offices, schools, and most businesses remain open.

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