(Neb)-It's Veterans Day - Or At Least The Legal Holiday
CHADRON - Tomorrow is Veterans Day, but since it falls on a Saturday, today is the legal holiday for most federal, state, and county workers with most cities on normal schedules.
Since Saturdays are a regular work day for the U-S Post Office, tomorrow will be its holiday with no mail delivery.
The same holds true with banks, the vast majority areopen today and closed tomorrow - and stock, bond, and futures markets are all open today. National Park Service sites are open today and will have free admission tomorrow and Sunday.
Veteran's Day began as Armistice Day, marking the end of the fighting in World War 1 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. While Presidential proclamations were issued for it starting in 1919, Armistice Day didn't become a national holiday until 1938.
After World War II, a movement began to broaden the meaning of the day, culminating in Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all those who served in the U-S military.
This year's Veterans Day programs in this area began yesterday with one put on by the Hay Springs schools and the Pine Ridge Job Corps Center.
Three are planned today in Chadron, with the biggest this morning at 10:00 in the Chadron High School Auditorium, put on by the Middle School 8th graders and recognizing local veterans. The American Legion has an open lunch afterward.
This afternoon, programs are planned at two places that have a greater understanding than most of the importance of veterans - 1:30 at the Prairie Pines Lodget and 3:00 at the Crestview Care Center.
The 9th Annual Gordon-Rushville High School Veterans Day Program is also today, 1:30 in the high school gym in Gordon with the public invited to attend.
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