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Open or Closed For Veterans Day?

Find out which institutions observe the legal holiday.

All Pennsylvania Department of Transportation driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

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All U.S. Post Offices, including those in and , will be closed.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 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. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

There were 21.8 million military veterans in the United States in 2010, according to the 2010 American Community Survey.

John Dallas Bowers November 11, 2011 at 03:14 AM
I recall quite vividly that my grandpop didn't like it when Ike renamed Armistice Day, and refused to adjust his nomenclature. Naturally, being 12 at the time, I followed his lead -- and it just stuck with me. So for me, November 11 remains Armistice Day, and if I can find a poppy tomorrow, I'll wear it. But just to be clear, I honor veterans all year long.

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