Is there school on Veterans Day?

SCHOOL'S out and it's time to honor America's veterans who served the country in war.

Whispers of silence, quiet hallways, and half-mast flags will be a part of the agenda on Veterans Day as the nation pays respect to America's bravest.

Is school open on Veterans Day?

A large number of schools are closed in observance of Veterans Day across the country this year. However, if your child attends a private, charter, or parochial school, you should contact you child's school about their calendar.

While teachers and students will be taking the day off, the US Department of Veterans Affairs offers a guide as a learning resource for students and teachers.

The guide explores the importance of the US flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and hands-on activities.

What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is often misconstrued as Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors servicemen and women who died in service. Veterans Day honors all the men and women who served America.

Both days honor the sacrifice of service members. Originally, the federal holiday was known as Armistice Day, according to the US Veterans Affairs website. It was created to honor the veterans of World War I.

However, legislation in 1954 changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.

How is it celebrated?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday. Postal and courier services are suspended for the day. Nonessential federal and city offices are also closed in observance.

It is marked by parades, church services, and in many places, the American flag is hung at half-mast. Before schools close, staff and students celebrate the servicemen and women by having a moment of silence, special assemblies, and other activities.

One of the best ways to honor veterans is to attend a local Veterans Day event in your area. You can support a veteran-owned business, or you can volunteer with a veteran's charity.

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