Veterans Day is celebrated as a Federal holiday on the 11th day of November in honor of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
(Note that since the 11th falls on a Saturday in 2017, it is being observed on Friday, the 10th.)
It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when Armistice with Germany took effect.
Here are some local Veterans Day 2017 service options to honor those who have served our country:
- Fri, Nov 10: Reagan Library Veterans Day Event (10am to 3pm)
- Sat, Nov 11: 2nd Annual Veterans Day Celebration in Port Hueneme (8:30am)
- Sat, Nov 11: "Thank a Vet" Activity at Rancho Sierra Vista (10am to 2pm)
- Sat, Nov 11: Veterans Day Observance in Moorpark at 10am
- Sat, Nov 11: Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in Oxnard at 10am
- Sat, Nov 11: Veterans Day Services in Malibu (11am to 1pm)
- Sat, Nov 11: Veterans Day Services at Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley at 11am
A sampling of free Veterans Day offers for Active Military and Veterans with ID:
- Free entree at CPK on Sat, Nov 11th
- Free meal at Applebee's on Sat, Nov 11th
- Free entree at Hooters on Sat, Nov 11th
- Free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" at Denny's on Fri, Nov 10th from 5am to noon
- Free donut at Krispy Kreme on Sat, Nov 11th
- Free donut at Dunkin' Donuts on Sat, Nov 11th
- Free personal 1-topping pizza to veterans on Sat, Nov 11th
The following is courtesy of professional photographer Scott Harrison (www.harrysonpics.com):
Vietnam veteran David Stull stands guard while supporting a flagpole carrying the American flag at the Garden of Valor at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. This was one of three 30 minute shifts he stood guard. November 1984 photo by Scott Harrison/The News Chronicle
Back in the 1980s, Conejo Valley residents would observe a 24-hour vigil during the Veterans Day holiday. I took photos several times, but this 1984 photo at dusk remains my favorite. The current full name of Valley Oaks is Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park. The flame is still burning at the Garden of Valor.