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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day

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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 Monday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.

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. 11:
Some federal and local offices
Some public schools
BRTA buses routes are not running, offices closed
Public libraries

Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Convenience stores

Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies and Other Celebrations

Adams: The Council on Aging is hosting a luncheon Friday at the Visitors Center followed by a color guard ceremony performed by Adams American Legion Post 160. Local veterans wishing to attend can call 413-743-8333.

North Adams: The parade steps off from the American Legion at 10:40 a.m. Monday, 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. The keynote speaker will be James Brehio, National Executive committeeman, Massachusetts American Legion.

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. on Sunday, Nov. 10, 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 fourth annual Veterans Day Dinner at the parish hall, located at 59 Summer St., from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, followed by a service of thanks and remembrance. Those planning to attend the dinner should have registered by Oct. 31.
Pittsfield: The parade begins at City Hall at 10 a.m. on Monday, heading down Fenn, North and South streets to the Peace Memorial on Veterans Way. Guest speaker will be Marine Corps veteran Curtis Janey and the Veteran of the Year is George Winters, also a Marine. Master of ceremonies will be John Herrera, former Marine, retired Coast Guardsman, and the city's director of veterans services.

In case of inclement weather, the exercises will be held at Morningside Community School at 100 Burbank St.

Veterans and their families are invited to attend a luncheon at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic at 73 Eagle St. Additionally, the event will also feature free haircuts and massages for veterans.

Pittsfield: The Civitan Club of the Berkshires and Boy Scout Troop 8 will team up for the annual "Not Just a Pancake Breakfast" at St. Joseph's Community Center, 414 North St., from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 10. 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. To sponsor a veterans or purchase tickets, contact Rita Giovanetti at 413-841-4326 or

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