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 Sunday in 2018, it is being observed on Monday, the 12th.)
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 2018 service options to honor those who have served our country:
Sun, Nov 11: Veterans Day Celebration in Port Hueneme (8:30am)
Sun, Nov 11: Veterans Day Observance in Moorpark at 10am
Sun, Nov 11: Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in Oxnard at 9:30am
CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE Sun, Nov 11: Veterans Day Services in Malibu
Sun, Nov 11: Veterans Day Services at Rancho Tapo Community Park Simi Valley (11am)
Mon, Nov 12: Reagan Library Veterans Day Event (10am to 3pm)
A sampling of free Veterans Day offers for Active Military and Veterans with ID:
Free entree at CPK on Nov 11th
Free meal at Applebee's on Nov 11th
Free meal at Chili’s on Nov 11th
Free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" at Denny's on Mon, Nov 12th from 5am to noon
Free small wings and fries for active and retired military at Buffalo Wild Wings on November 11th with ID
Free donut at Dunkin' Donuts on 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.