|Holiday Hours: Veterans Day|
|03:01PM / Sunday, November 08, 2020|
U.S. Veterans Affairs
An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.
Veterans Day falls on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.
The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.
It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.
Closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11:
Some federal and local offices
Some public schools
BRTA buses routes are not running, offices closed
Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies and Other Celebrations
Most communities will not be having a parade or public observance.
Pittsfield: The annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park on South Street, rain or shine. Please note that a parade will not be held this year and there will be limited attendance at the ceremony. As a reminder, those in attendance are required to wear masks and maintain social distance.
The event lineup includes Mayor Linda Tyer, who will read the Veterans Day Proclamation. Richard Kurek, chaplain of VFW Post 448, will introduce the Veteran of the Year: Army Air Corps World War II veteran Anthony Pastore. The master of ceremonies will be John Herrera, former Marine, retired Coast Guardsman, and the city's Director of Veterans Services. Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) will televise the ceremony. Additionally, PCTV's Channel 1301 will air a marathon of "The Veteran's Forum" from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The series, part of the Veterans History Project, was started in 2007 by Robert Stevens, a Navy SeaBee who served in WWII. Stevens passed away at the age of 95 in late May from complications of COVID-19, said Matthew Tucker, public access coordinator at PCTV.
"Based on his long work telling veterans' stories — he produced 65 episodes of 'The Veteran's Forum' in Pittsfield, and then produced over a 100 more as a resident of Nashua, N.H. — we felt this a fitting tribute to both him, and the people whose stories he told," Tucker said.