U.S. Veterans Affairs
An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.
Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, as a state and federal holiday.
This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.
It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.
Closed on Monday, Nov. 12:
Some federal and local offices
Some public schools
BRTA buses running, offices closed
Closed on Sunday, Nov. 11
Post office; no mail delivery
Open both days:
Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies and Other Celebrations
North Adams: The parade steps off from the American Legion at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and proceeds to the Veterans Memorial for a service at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to be at the Legion by 10 a.m.
Annual 5K run and 1-mile walk to honor Spc. Michael "DeMar" DeMarsico that benefits a scholarship fund in his name begins at 9 a.m. from the Veterans Memorial. Packets can be picked up between 4 and 7 on Saturday at the Legion.
North Adams: All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church will be hosting it third annual Veterans Day Dinner at their parish hall, located at 59 Summer St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. This free event is open to all veterans and a guest. Following the dinner in the parish hall, a service of thanks and remembrance will be held in the church.
Lenox: The V.V.A. James E. Callahan will be having a dinning to donate at the Arizona Pizza on the Lenox Road, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The restaurant will donate 20 percent for dinners, take-out and bar, to the chapter to help local veterans.
Pittsfield: The parade begins at City Hall at 1 p.m. Sunday, heading down Fenn, North and South streets to the Peace Memorial on Veterans Way for a special ceremony marking the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. Lineup begins at noon. A light reception for veterans and their family members will be held from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at the VA Outpatient Clinic at 73 Eagle St.
In case of inclement weather, the exercises will be held at Morningside Community School at 100 Burbank St.
Pittsfield: The Civitan Club of the Berkshires and Boy Scout Troop 8 will team up for the 17th annual “Not Just a Pancake Breakfast” at the St. Charles Church Hall on Briggs Avenue from 7:45 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 11. The breakfast will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are available at the door for $8 per person, $6 for seniors, $5 for kids under 12 and free for kids under 3. In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans will be served breakfast free of charge.
Sheffield: The Park of Honor, from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, will take place at Barnard Park, (Main Street, across from Maple Avenue) but with a different format than in previous years. Two monuments have been erected in the park on which a veteran's information will be displayed. The veteran's name, service dates, branch of service and sponsor will be placed on the "monument." In addition to the recognition of the Veterans, fifty flags flank the monuments.