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Veterans Day Sandy Springs: How To Honor Military Personnel

Patch logo Patch 11/10/2021 Marcus K. Garner
Military veterans in Sandy Springs and nationwide will be recognized on Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11. © Shutterstock Military veterans in Sandy Springs and nationwide will be recognized on Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11.

SANDY SPRINGS — The post office and most banks will be closed in Sandy Springs on Thursday in observance of Veterans Day, a federal holiday that honors veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Here's a look at what is happening and some of what will be closed in Sandy Springs on Thursday, Nov. 11:

  • The City of Sandy Springs will host a Veterans Day Tribute at 11:30 a.m. in the Byers Theatre.
  • Fulton County courts, facilities and offices will be closed on Thursday.
  • All Fulton County libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11.
  • Fulton County Schools will be open.
  • This is a federal holiday and all U.S. Postal Service post offices will be closed. No mail will be delivered or sent.
  • All banks are closed on Thursday.

Veterans Day, commemorated annually on Nov. 11, was first celebrated in 1919 to honor those who fought in World War I. It was initially called Armistice Day and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

The holiday’s origin is tied to the armistice, a temporary end of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany signed in France on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

It became Veterans Day in 1954, shortly following the end of the Korean War and less than a decade after World War II, after various veterans service organizations urged Congress to encompass veterans of all wars in their honor.

While some ceremonies, parades and services may be canceled or altered as the coronavirus pandemic continues, restaurants and other businesses will continue to show their appreciation for veterans and active military members.

Applebee’s, Bob Evans and Chili’s Grill and Bar are among the national restaurant chains offering free or discounted meals for veterans on Nov. 11, and 7-Eleven is offering a free cup of coffee or Big Gulp.

Other places, such as Golden Corral and Eat'n Park, have offers extended throughout November.

Veterans Day is somewhat related to, and sometimes mistaken for, Memorial Day, the federal holiday on the final Monday of May that is dedicated to those who have died while serving the United States.

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