US Embassy in Manila closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day

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The US Embassy in Manila has announced that it will close on November 11, Monday, to commemorate Veterans Day, which is an American Holiday.

According to the notice of the US Embassy, their office at Roxas Boulevard and other affiliated offices will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11.

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The US Embassy will resume its regular operation on November 12, Tuesday.

What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day (formerly known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable).

It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

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Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. There is another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.

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