Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 9, 2012

In honor of Veteran’s Day

Some offices will be closed Monday to observe the holiday

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The nation observes the Veteran’s Day holiday Monday, and many government and bank offices will be closed to honor those who have worn the uniform of one of the branches of our Armed Services.

Veteran’s Day falls on Nov. 11 — the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 inviting all Americans to observe the day. The government made it a legal holiday nationwide in 1938.

Because the traditional date for Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, celebration of the holiday moves to the following Monday.  It is both a federal and state holiday. The U.S. Postal Service reminds customers that there will be no delivery on the date. In addition, Henderson County will close the courthouse, judicial complex, justice center and county libraries.

Prosperity Bank, First State Bank, Citizens State Band and Citizens National Bank have all announced they’ll be closed Monday.

The East Texas Council of Governments is among the agencies that will not open Monday. ETCOG salutes the veterans, and reports that there are 922,000 former Armed Service men and women currently in the work force in the state of Texas.

The City of Athens will open its offices Monday. The regular city council meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Annex on Pinkerton Street.  

The Athens Independent School District will have classes Monday. South Athens Elementary is hosting a breakfast to honor veterans at 8 a.m. Parents of first graders are invited to watch their children perform for the veterans, starting at 8:30 a.m.