Long weekend?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Long weekend?
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Sun, 11-10-2013 - 7:43pm

Just wondering if anybody is getting Monday off for Veteran's Day/Rememberance Day? 

Are there any observances of the holiday where you are? I thought there would be a parade here but I don't find any mention of it in the news...so besides government offices, banks, and post offices being closed I guess its mostly an occasion for a sale.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-30-1997
In reply to: elc11
Sun, 11-10-2013 - 7:45pm

Sadly no. At least a lot of restaurants provide a free meal to the veterans.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
In reply to: elc11
Sun, 11-10-2013 - 9:38pm

There is nothing in my town going on that I know of but the town just to the south of us is doing a Veteran's Ceremony in a park and there will be a parade in Austin.  Last year since Veteran's Day fell on the weekend we were able to go to the parade but will not make it this year.

I will be working tomorrow but DH is off. It is not a paid holiday but he is taking a vacation day. Which  has his co-workers a bit upset with him.  They usually do something to acknowledge the veteran's and they are mad that we will not be there for it. 

My acknoledgement of Veteran's Day will be to wear one of my Air Force tee shirts to work.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 10:39am

Here, it depends what province you live in, if public employees get the day off. Here, they can take the day or an alternate day. It's a bit controversial here-many people think that public servants should work today and particpate in rembrance ceronmonies at work.

Everyone else, including the schools, have to work but all observe a minute or two of silence at 11 am. Ours is a day to remember all those who died in our arm forces, in the service of Canada.

There is, in most cities and towns, a sober Remembrance Day Ceremony held at the various war memorials in the morning, with the playing of the last watch at 11PM, attended by local politicians and representatives of the arm forces.

In this city, the ceremony is always held downtown at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located  near the parliament buildings. The Governor General, the PM and leaders of the opposition parties, cabinet ministers etc.. attend.

I just turn the coverage on TV. Downtown is packed arround the National War Memorial with school kids, government workers... It is snowing; quite a sight.