What’s open, closed for Veterans Day 2021 at Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, VA – The post office and most banks will be closed at Falls Church on Thursday on Veterans Day, a federal holiday that honors veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day, commemorated annually on November 11, was first celebrated in 1919 to honor those who fought in World War I. It was originally called Armistice Day and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

The origin of the holiday is linked to the armistice, a temporary end of hostilities, between the allied nations and Germany signed in France at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

It became Veterans Day in 1954, shortly after the end of the Korean War and less than a decade after World War II, after various veterans service organizations urged Congress to include veterans of all wars in their honor.

Veterans Day is somewhat related, and sometimes confused, with Memorial Day, the federal holiday on the last Monday in May dedicated to those who have died in the service of the United States.

The City of Falls Church Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its annual Veterans Day Ceremony Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Falls Church Veterans Memorial, in front of the Community Center at 223 Little Falls Street.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Jerome Gibbon, Commander of Catholic Veterans, Chairman of the Falls Church Veterans Council, and Washington Academy of Science Fellow and Instructor at Capital Technology University.

Here is a full list of schedule changes in and around Falls Church for Veterans Day.

Falls Church Town Government Offices: City Hall and all government offices are closed on Thursday, November 11, including the Revenue Commissioner, the Treasurer’s Office, and the Permit Counter.

Fairfax County Government Offices: Fairfax County government offices are closed Thursday, November 11.

Falls Church Public Schools: All public schools in Falls Church City are closed Thursday, November 11.

Courts: Arlington and Fairfax County Courts are not operating on Thursday, November 11. and Arlington County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Animal shelter: The Fairfax County Animal Shelter offers services by appointment.

Libraries: The Mary Riley Styles Public Library is closed Thursday, November 11.

Department of Motor Vehicles: All Virginia DMV locations in Northern Virginia are closed on November 11. Many DMV services are available online or by visiting dmvNOW.com/appt to make an appointment.

Post Office: Closed on November 11.

Community Center: The Falls Church Community Center will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Garbage and recycling: Falls Town Church collections take place on Wednesdays. Fairfax County collection customers will have collection services on November 11. Private collection customers should check with their carrier for any changes.

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