Photo: John Neely

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a federal holiday.

Riverhead schools, Town Hall, county, state and federal government offices and courts and Riverhead Free Library will be closed. The post office will be closed and there will be no mail delivery. Banks will be closed but stock market will remain open. Riverhead Town municipal trash collection will take place as scheduled.

The Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee will hold ceremonies in honor of Veterans Day at 11 a.m. at the World War I Memorial at the corner of Court Street and West Main Street in Riverhead.

There will also be a 1 p.m. ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery.

Veterans Day, known as Armistice Day until 1954, commemorates the end of World War I, which formally came with the German signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918.

Decorated World War II veteran Daniel De Francisco of Riverhead, who landed in Normandy, France on D-Day and was injured in battle in Germany, died March 24, 2019 at age 94.
File photo: Denise Civiletti

The date was first observed as a national holiday one year later, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation setting aside the day as a national day of reflection on the “heroism of those who died in the country’s service” and for “gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Nov. 11 was made a legal holiday by an act of Congress in 1938, which proclaimed it “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

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Denise Civiletti
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