City Offices Closed in Honor of Veterans Day

City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

Offices will reopen on Friday, November 12th at 8:00 am.

Garbage Schedule
Collection services will continue as normal for this holiday.

Utility Billing
The Utility Billing department will also be closed. 

Options to pay bills are:

§  Online:

§  Dropbox: Payments may be left in the drop box located at the front door of City Hall.

Veterans Day Facts

Here are a few Veterans Day facts that will help you understand the history and significance of this national holiday.

It Wasn’t Always Called Veterans Day

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and it was meant to be a day that celebrated the victory of the Allied forces during World War I.

In 1947, however, a World War II Vet sought to change the name. Raymond Weeks, sometimes referred to as the true “Father of Veterans Day,” held the first “National Veterans Day” celebration in Birmingham, AL. He wanted to honor all Vets in addition to those who served in WWI.

Later on, a U.S. representative from Kansas named Edward Rees officially proposed a bill to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. President Eisenhower signed the bill confirming the change in 1954.

Americans Aren’t the Only Ones Who Celebrate November 11th

Many countries around the world also celebrate November 11th (but as Remembrance Day rather than Veterans Day or Armistice Day). These countries include the U.K., Canada, Australia, and France, among others.

The Red Poppy Has a Purpose (and a Poem)

The WWI battlefield was a place where no life could flourish or even survive. After the fighting ceased and the bombings stopped, however, the ravaged land began to heal as nature took its course. During the healing process, red poppies bloomed and gave new life to the death-tainted landscape of WWI. Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote a heart-wrenching poem, “In Flanders Fields”, depicting the visage of the war-torn, poppy-filled battlefields. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

There’s a Reason It Isn’t Spelled With an Apostrophe

Veterans Day is spelled as it is for a very specific reason. For those of you who failed your primary school English courses, the apostrophe would be the little curly mark between the “N” and the “S,” denoting possession. Veterans Day is not a day that belongs to Veterans or is owned by Veterans in any capacity. It is a day for everyone, regardless of if they’ve served or not, to reflect on the sacrifices of people who have served. The day may be dedicated to Veterans, but Veterans do not own it.

There Are More Women Veterans Than You Think

At ease, men! Women make up approximately 10% of the Veteran population. By 2025, that number could reach 12%. You’re Most Likely To Find a Woman Vet in Maryland, as many as 17% of the women in Maryland are Vets.

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act Changed the Observed Date

Congress signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, and it went into effect in 1971. This created a three-day weekend of four holidays: Memorial Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. However, it also changed the observed date of Veterans Day from November 11th to the fourth Monday in October. This sparked outrage among the population, and the date was changed back for the following year’s celebrations.

There Is a National Moment of Silence for Veterans Day

Did you know that there is a time dedicated to silence and remembrance on every Veterans Day? In 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act. This means that at 3:11 p.m. (Atlantic standard time) on every Veterans Day.