November 11th is Veterans Day! It was originally called Armistice Day, which is observed worldwide. You see, November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended WW I, officially ending on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. But at the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it. — Like how it’s spelled or whom exactly it celebrates. To clear some of that up, check out some of the facts:
Not the same observance as Memorial Day (honoring those in military service who have died) but Veterans Day is to remember the 23.4 million living Vets!
Many people think it’s “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day,” but they’re wrong. The holiday is not a day that “belongs” to one veteran or multiple veterans, which is what an apostrophe implies. It is a day for honoring all veterans — so no apostrophe needed.
Here’s what’s closed this Veterans Day:
Banks: Many banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will be closed. TD Bank will be open, though.
Mail services: The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail on Monday, and post offices will be closed. UPS will continue package delivery, though some stores may be closed. FedEx will also deliver, with modified service of FedEx SmartPost.
Schools: Most schools will be closed some might choose to remain open
Stock markets: The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will remain open.
Federal offices: All non-essential federal government offices are closed.
National parks: National parks will remain open and are waiving all entrance fees to parks.
Courts: Courts will be closed.