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Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our nation’s veterans. That means all of them and not just one – so there is no apostrophe. Below, we answer present some Veterans Day facts, as well as answer some common questions. Comment to let us know how you plan to honor our vets on Veterans Day!
Veterans Day Facts
Veterans Day is not the same as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who gave their lives for our country, usually in battle or while on active duty. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all those who have served in the various branches of the Armed Forces. It’s mostly intended to thank living veterans for their service.
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of World War I. The fighting ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, or November 11th, 1918. The holiday originally honored veterans from WW!, but after World War II and the Korean War, Congress changed the word “Armistice” to “Veterans” so the holiday would honor veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day 2020
Today, Veterans Day is celebrated on both the Monday before as well as November 11th. Veterans Day 2020 is today, Wednesday, November 11.
Are Banks Open on Veterans Day?
No, they are not. Banks are closed on most federal holidays. And since Veterans Day falls on a Wednesday this year, that can easily impact bill payments and direct deposit (ACH) payments.
Is There School on Veterans Day?
In general, schools that observe Veterans Day do so by giving students the day off on the Monday closest to the actual holiday of November 11. With COVID-19 still hanging around, you will want to check with your school district as to whether they are giving students a day off this year or not.
Veterans Day Free Meals
If Woodfield was a restaurant, we would most certainly be offering free meals to veterans. But since we’re not, we’ll do the next best thing, and list offers we know about: According to MilitaryBenefits.info, a number of restaurants are offering free meals, or appetizers, or something else free to thank our veterans. Proof of service is required. Visit their site for a complete list.
Some well-known participants include:
- Bob Evans
- Chili’s Grill and Bar
- Golden Corral
There may be other local offers in your area. Keep an eye on the local newspaper for offers. Many establishments offer free entry or other discounts.
What other ways are you going to honor vets on Veterans Day?
Thank you to all who have served in the United States military, to keep us safe, protected, and free. We Salute You!