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Saturday, November 11th, is Veteran’s Day and the 10th is Veteran’s Day observance.

Veteran’s Day is an annual federal holiday which honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. It began in November 1919 when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the commemoration of Armistice Day. Originally, the celebration was a day for parades and public meetings.

In May 1938, an Act made the 11th of November a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and be known as “Armistice Day” to honor veterans of World War I. In 1954 after World War II required more soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen to be called, Congress amended the Act of 1983 to be Veteran’s Day instead of Armistice Day. On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American Veterans of all wars.

While the federal holiday falls on a Saturday this year, federal employees will observe the holiday on Friday, November 10th instead. This will mean many schools and companies will be closed on Friday in observation of Veteran’s Day. CentroNía will be closed on Friday.

If you’d like to help your child honor veterans in their own way, you could help them make crafts or handwritten simple notes to thank the veterans. The best way to get the crafts or letters to them would be to drop them off at a nearby veteran’s hospital.

One craft idea is to make a bookmark for veterans. All you need to do is:

1. Cut a bookmark shape from posterboard and decorate with red, white and blue.

2. Cover the bookmarks in clear contact paper / laminate paper and trim.

3. Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and string in cord.

4. Spell out your message.

A simple idea would be to make beaded necklaces for veterans using red, white, and blue beads.

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