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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 Friday, 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.

The Veterans Day National Committee choses a commemorative poster each year (as seen above) from submitted artwork. The theme of this year's poster is "Honor."

Closed on Friday, Nov. 11:
Some federal and local offices
Some public schools
BRTA buses routes are not running, offices closed; service resumes on Saturday, Nov. 12
Public libraries

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

Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies and Other Celebrations

Pittsfield: The annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin with a parade that steps off from Allen Street at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and concludes at Veterans Memorial Park on South Street.
Lineup will take place 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets, departing from City Hall at 10 a.m. 
The ceremony at the memorial will include opening remarks from Mayor Linda Tyer, followed by keynote speaker Robert Waldheim and master of ceremonies Jim Clark, the city's director of Veterans’ Services; officer of the day is Bobby Dassett. A proclamation from the governor honoring veterans will be read by Amanda Bates.
Pittsfield Community Television will televise the parade and ceremony on CityLink 1303, PCTV Select available at and its Facebook page. 
North Adams: The Veterans Day parade steps off from the American Legion on Ashland Street at 10:40 a.m. and marches to the Veterans Memorial on Eagle Street. Participants are asked to arrive at the Legion by 10 a.m.; doughnuts and coffee will be available beginning at 9:30. All veterans and veterans groups are welcome to march.
The keynote speaker will be Louis Brault, past Massachusetts American Legion commander and past national executive committeeman; Mayor Jennifer Macksey will also offer remarks and the master of ceremonies will be Post 125 American Legion Cmdr. Mitchell Keil. 
Joseph Poplaski and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 125 will be handing out flags for the ceremony.


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