Veterans Day is officially celebrated on November 11 each year. It’s a special day to commemorate all of those who have and continue serving in our armed services, and the holiday is held on November 11 annually because that was the day in 1918 when World War I ended.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday, and when it falls on a weekend — like it did for Veterans Day 2017, and like it does again this year — it is generally observed on the closest weekday.
Veterans Day 2018 is on a Sunday, when many offices, businesses, schools, banks, and the post office would be closed anyway. So, in most cases, Veterans Day is being observed on Monday, November 12, this year. Here are more specifics on whether banks, post offices, restaurants, stores, schools, and more are open or closed for Veterans Day.
Many banks are closed on every Sunday, so it’s especially difficult to tell if banks are open or closed on Veterans Day 2018 itself, or on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day. Peoples United Bank and Eastern Bank, for example, state specifically that their locations are closed on Sunday, November 11, for Veterans Day, but open on Monday.
Meanwhile, the branches of banks like Chase, U.S. Bank, and First Citizens Bank are closed on Monday, November 12, in observation of Veterans Day, and have normal business hours on Sunday, November 11. (That doesn’t necessarily mean these banks are open on Sunday; they are simply closed or open as if it was a regular Sunday.) The branches of some other banks, like TD Bank, are open on both Sunday, November 11, and Monday, November 12.
Overall, there’s a good chance your bank is closed on Sunday and Monday. But because there is no overarching rule for whether banks are open or closed on Veterans Day 2018, you should check out your local bank’s website or call up to see about Veterans Day hours.
Post offices are closed on November 11 in 2018 because it is a Sunday. Monday, November 12, is a postal holiday — the day that Veterans Day 2018 is being observed — so post offices are closed and no mail will be delivered. However, most FedEx and UPS stores and services are open on Monday.
The stock market is always closed on Sunday, so it is closed on November 11. As for Monday, November 12, when Veterans Day 2018 is being widely observed, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and other major U.S.-based exchanges are open for business with regular hours.
Most schools, including public schools in major cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Boston are closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day 2018. There are exceptions, though: In Atlanta, for example, public schools are open on Monday, November 12.
While most schools are closed for Veterans Day on Monday, it’s best to check your school’s online calendar to see if kids and teachers have the day off on November 12.
Walmart is open on Sunday and Monday. Likewise, virtually all major restaurants and stores are open on Veterans Day itself and Monday, November 12. In fact, many stores host huge sales over Veterans Day holiday weekend, and dozens of restaurants are open on Veterans Day with special freebies and discounts available for customers with military ID.
Monday, November 12, 2018, is recognized as a federal holiday, and all non-essential federal government offices are closed. Monday is also the day Veterans Day is being observed at the vast majority of state and local government offices, and locally-funded institutions such as libraries. They are all generally closed on Monday, November 12.
From national chains, to locally owned spots, businesses across Michigan are offering special deals and discounts to both active military and veterans November 11 and 12 in honor of Veterans Day 2018.
Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. This year, since it falls on a Sunday, the official federal holiday will be observed on Monday November 12. Many of these Veterans Day specials will be offered both days.
A special day to honor the service of all of our current military and our veterans, these deals are in no way an adequate thank you for what our active military personnel do for us each day, or the sacrifices that our veterans have made for our country in the past. These freebies and specials are just a token of these businesses thanks to those who have served and our serving our country.
From a grateful nation, we thank you for your service, today and everyday
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Michigan Department of Treasury
Every day, the Michigan Department of Treasury offers special benefits to military and veterans. To learn more about tax relief and other benefits for current and past military members, go to www.michigan.gov/taxes.
Here is a breakdown of some of the benefits you may be eligible for, per the departments press release:
Current and former military members may be eligible to receive:
Military Pay Tax Exemption. Military pay is exempt from Michigan tax, including military retirement benefits and exit and separation pay.
Children of Veterans Tuition Grant. This program provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the children of Michigan veterans who were totally and permanently disabled, missing in action or died while serving. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200.
Summer Property Tax Deferment. A serviceperson, veteran or widow or widower whose income outside of military compensation is no more than $7,500 per year may be eligible for a summer property tax deferment.
For Chris Lotspeich, Veterans Day is a family affair.
It’s a chance to honor his grandfather who served as a naval officer during World War II, and his cousin who still serves as a colonel.
But, for the first time, that family celebration took place on Fifth Avenue, where Mr. Lotspeich, 52, and his family were among the thousands of spectators who gathered Sunday for New York’s annual Veterans Day Parade.
“It’s important for people to appreciate the sacrifices of our veterans,” said Mr. Lotspeich, who was dressed in traditional Scottish garb to honor his family’s heritage.
This year’s parade — stretching from 26th Street to 46th Street — featured thousands of participants, including members of local military schools, historical societies and active duty military members.
Florent Groberg, who received the Medal of Honor for his services in Afghanistan, served as the Grand Marshal.
Mr. Lotspeich, who lives in Glastonbury, Conn., applauded the public recognition of veterans, and said he hoped events like the parade would spark improvements to the treatment of veterans.
“Our society likes to honor our veterans, but it typically does not follow through with taking care of them in terms of benefits,” he said. “Perhaps this will help build public support for stronger veterans programs and services.”
This year’s parade also celebrated 100 years since the end of World War I, and many participants honored that history.
“It’s just the icing on the cake,” Myra Carvalho, a Marine Corps veteran, said about the World War I centennial.