Veterans Day is officially celebrated on November 11. The first Veterans Day was celebrated on November 11, 1919 and was known as Armistice Day. It marked the anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress made it an annual holiday in 1926 and it became a federal holiday in 1938. Until 1954 Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day until President Eisenhower official changed the name.
There will be several ceremonies honoring veterans across Cape Cod on Wednesday, November 11. Some events were already held this weekend.
Ongoing Events through Veterans Day
The public is welcome to visit the 3rd annual Field of Honor in South Dennis through Veterans Day. Operation Flags for Vets also placed 64,000 flags at the graves at the Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery in Bourne this weekend.
Cape Cod Parades & Other Ceremonies on Wednesday, November 11
- Barnstable: Veterans Day Service. 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Route 6A, Barnstable Village.
- Chatham: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at Veterans Circle (the rotary). Parade lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Field parking lot. Will depart for the rotary at 10:55 a.m.. In the event of inclement weather, ceremony will be held inside the Chatham Community Center.
- Falmouth: Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. orginally planned for the Library lawn, the ceremony will be held in the Falmouth High School Auditorium due to rain. Keynote speaker is Capt. Richard J. Schultz, Deputy Commander, United States Coast Guard, Sector Southeastern New England. Refreshments, light fare follow at the Falmouth Elks.
- Harwich: Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich Center.
- Hyannis: Veterans Day Parade: Line up at 9:30 a.m. in the town hall parking lot, step off at 10 a.m., to a ceremony on the Village Green.
- Mashpee: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 9:30 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. muster at Archives parking lot. 10 a.m. parade to Monument Circle in Veterans Park (across from Town Hall). The event will be held rain or shine. VFW Auxiliary President Cheri Peters and VFW 5489 Commander Rebecca Silva to speak.
- Orleans: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Route 28 in front of the Orleans United Methodist Church.
- Provincetown: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 10 a.m. at MacMillan Wharf.
- Sandwich: Civil War Plaque Dedication: 11 a.m. at the Sandwich Town Hall.
- Truro: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. at the Council on Aging, 7 Standish Way.
- Wareham: Annual Veterans Day Parade has been canceled due to weather. The ceremony will still take place at Wareham Town Hall at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon at 12 p.m.
- Veterans Day Public Skate, Wednesday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis. Active and retired military skate for $2. More info here.
- Forget-Me-Not Fundraiser, Wednesday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis. Sponsored by Cape Cod Chapter 96 of the Disabled American Veterans. Representatives will be available to answer veteran and family benefits and claims questions.
What's Open on Veterans Day
- Retail stores, supermarkets, restaurants and pubs
What's Closed on Veterans Day
- Banks (with the exception of TD Bank)
- United States Post Offices
- Federal, state and town offices (call ahead to confirm if your town's transfer station is open or closed)
- All town libraries
- All Cape Cod schools including Cape Cod Community College