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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
02:10PM / Friday, November 08, 2013
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U.S. Veterans Affairs
An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov. 11, which is a state and federal holiday. Most Veterans Day events will be observed on Monday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Monday, Nov. 11:
Federal, state and local offices; no mail delivery.
Public colleges and schools, most private schools
Public libraries
Most offices and businesses
BRTA is not running

Open both days:
Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Convenience stores

Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies on Monday.

North Adams parade begins at the American Legion at 10:30 and concludes with ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial.

Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion will hold ceremonies at four of the cemeteries after meeting at the post home at 75 Water St. at 11.

Adams American Legion Post 160 holds a ceremony at 11 at Town Hall, followed by brunch at the post home.

The Lenox VFW is sponsoring its annual Veterans Day dinner Monday from 6 to 8 at St. Ann's Parish Center. Any Lenox veteran who would like to attend should call Sean Ward at 413-822-4343 by Nov. 7.

Pittsfield parade begins at City Hall at 10 a.m., heading down Fenn, North and South streets to the Peace Memorial on Veterans Way for a ceremony. Master of ceremonies will be Fran Tremblay and keynote speaker will be Rabbi Josh Breindal.

Other events

"Up Front for DeMar" 5K road race in honor of the late Spc. Michael DeMarsico begins at 9 a.m. at the North Adams American Legion.

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