Is There School on Veterans Day 2021?

Veterans Day unites the country to remember those who have given their lives to protect the nation in the military. Banks, federal offices and many businesses are closed for the day, allowing families and friends to come together to commemorate in their own way.

Are Schools Open on Veterans Day?

Like other businesses, many schools are closed on Veterans Day, meaning children can be at home with their families.

Veterans Day is an official federal holiday, which means many states have made it a state holiday and public institutions will therefore be closed.

However, public school holidays are set by local school boards, and private officials set holidays for private schools.

As a result, it is a good idea to check with your local school to confirm whether your child is expected to attend on Veterans Day. In most cases, schools will be closed.

Newsweek has contacted the Department of Education for further information.

What Happens on Veterans Day?

Veterans and their sacrifices are remembered in many different ways.

Different states hold events from parades to street parties to commemorate the holiday, while memorial services are held all over the country.

At the Arlington National Cemetery, a memorial service will be held on Veterans Day that is typically attended by thousands of people. In 2019, Vice President Mike Pence attended this event.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day in 2021 is focused on the commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington, as this year marks its centenary.

The department held a poster competition to ask artists to evoke elements of history, legacy and the meaning of the tomb in its centennial anniversary as part of the commemorations.

When Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day takes place on the same day every year, which is November 11.

It was originally called Armistice Day, and marked the armistice with Germany at the end of the First World War. The name was changed some years later to Veterans Day.

The date also moved from the end of October during the 1970s to being held annually on November 11, which began in 1978.

Other countries commemorate their armed forces on this day as well, calling it Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. In the U.K., a red poppy is worn to commemorate those lost fighting for their nation.

Veterans Day parade
Children walking in a Veterans Day parade in Santa Fe, New Mexico, hold signs expressing their support and gratitude for America's military veterans in 2017. Robert Alexander/Getty Images