Veterans Day is will be observed as a federal holiday Monday, Nov. 12. There will be no mail delivery and United States Post Offices will not be open. Most banks will be closed.
Locally, PUSD schools and offices will be closed.
Piedmont City Hall will be closed for business.
Alameda County offices, including its courts, will be closed for the day. Oakland libraries will also be closed.
Most stores and other businesses will be open. See a list of local businesses and restaurants offering freebies and discounts to veterans.
Although Veterans Day actually falls on Sunday, Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County will waive entrance fees throughout the weekend in recognition of current and former servicemen and women, park officials said. Fees will be waived at all 398 National Park Service entrances throughout the country.
A Saturday veterans event will be held at 1 p.m. on the USS Hornet berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave. at Pier 3 in Alameda at 1 p.m. The event is a tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969. He died on Aug. 25 at the age of 82. Armstrong was a U.S. Naval officer and flew during the Korean War. The tribute coincides with the re-opening of the renovated Apollo Exhibit aboard the ship.
On Veterans Day itself, a series of parades and ceremonies are scheduled. In San Francisco, a parade will head off from Market and Second streets at 11 a.m. This year's parade features a salute to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The veterans and military contingencies will make their way through the Financial District before ending at City Hall.
Berkeley's Country Joe McDonald will play a concert at the end of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Grove at Sonoma State University, which begins at 3 p.m.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will host a special “welcome home” ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 13, recognizing the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and in Iraq. The ceremony will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the outdoor plaza in front of the Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak St., Oakland.
Bay City News Service contributed to this article.
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