Photo: Veterans saluting the raising of the flag of the country.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
- Belmont Town offices and Belmont Light are closed.
- US Postal Service offices and regular deliveries.
- Banks; although some branches will be open in some supermarkets.
MBTA: Operating on its regular weekday schedule. See www.mbta.com for details.
• Retail stores
• Coffee shops; Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are serving coffee
• Convenience and drug stores (CVS) open regular hours
• Establishments that sell beer and wine are also allowed to be open.