According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
There were 21.8 million military veterans in the United States in 2010, according to the 2010 American Community Survey.
Check out the list below to see what's closed on this Veterans Day.
- Government offices–Both and Newtown township municipal buildings will be closed as well as county offices and courts.
- Schools–St. Pius X will be closed. schools, , , , Delaware County Community College will remain open
- Post offices–All post offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.
- Transportation–All Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.