Veterans Day is on November 11, which is a Saturday. Because of this, Federal Government offices are closed on the 10th. Does that mean no mail on Friday?
Fortunately, it does not. Mail will still be delivered on Friday, despite other Federal Government offices being closed. However, there will be no mail on Saturday, November 11 for the actual date of Veterans Day. The next postal holiday after November 11 will be Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, according to the official Post Office website.
After that, the post won't be closed again until Monday, December 25, Christmas Day.
What Is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day first began as a celebration to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. It was known as Armistice Day during its original year of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. However, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include all veterans, from both World War II and the Korean War, which both ended in 1945 and 1953, respectively. According to History.com, "In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day."
This year, because Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, it is observed federally on Friday. If it fell on Sunday, it would have been observed on Monday.
Veterans Day is a day to honor veterans but is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is in May. Veterans Day celebrates those who served in the military, while Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the military.
According to Infoplease, 18.8 million are veterans as of 2015. Of that number, 1.6 million are female, 11.6% are black, and 6.8 million of them served in Vietnam. 3.9 million of veterans have service-related disabilities.
This Veterans Day, be sure to thank a veteran for their service.