The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 10, 2013

Federal, state, local offices closed for Veterans Day

PALESTINE —

Monday is Veteran's Day and many federal, state and local offices will be closed to observe the holiday.

All local federal offices will be closed Monday. The U.S. Postal Service also will not deliver on Monday. Regular mail service will resume on Tuesday.

Many local branches of banks also will close to observe the federal holiday.

State government offices also will be closed, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Transportation.

County and city offices will close during regular business hours on Monday, including the Anderson County Courthouse and Annex, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, the City of Palestine, Palestine Municipal Court and the city's brush management site on Spring Street. Palestine's city trash collection will not be altered on Monday, however.

Anyone requiring emergency services can dial 9-1-1.

According to the website, www.history.com, “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as 'the Great War.' Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, Nov.11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.

“Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every Nov. 11.

“In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day--a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans--living or dead--but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”

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