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Nation pauses to remember veterans Monday

Veterans day Monday

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The nation pauses today to honor the brave men and women who have served in the military.

Veterans day began in 1919 under the name "Armistice Day" marking the end of World War I.  

In 1954, the name was changed to honor all veterans of all wars. 

It's a Federal holiday so banks, the Post Office and government offices will all be closed Monday.  

Be sure to call ahead if errands are on your to-do-list.  

President Barack Obama planned to attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Obama said in his Veterans Day proclamation that the country's obligations to those who have served "endure long after the battle ends." 

He said their courage, self-sacrifice and devotion represent the American character at its best and he encouraged everyone to honor every service member who has ever worn the country's uniforms. 



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