Veterans Day falls on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and will be observed as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

Closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11:
Some federal and local offices
Some public schools
BRTA buses routes are not running, offices closed
Public libraries

Open:
Most retail outlets, groceries
Restaurants and bars, by choice
Convenience stores
Veterans Day Parades, Ceremonies and Other Celebrations

North Adams: The parade steps off from the American Legion at 10:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, and proceeds to the Veterans Memorial for a service at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to be at the Legion by 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be James Brehio, National Executive committeeman, Massachusetts American Legion.

Annual 5K run and 1-mile walk to honor Spc. Michael "DeMar" DeMarsico that benefits a scholarship fund in his name is being held virtually this year until Dec. 22.