TUCSON, AZ — Veterans Day, a federal holiday, is held yearly on Nov. 11. It honors all American veterans and military.
In Tucson, the annual Veterans Day Parade was canceled due to coronavirus restrictions. The American Legion Riders Chapter 7 will instead have a ride and host an open house at 11 a.m.
The city of Tucson will be closed in honor of the holiday and trash services will be paused for residents.
Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday was created at the end of World War I to recognize those who fought in “the war to end all wars,” according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Its origin is tied to the armistice, a temporary end of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany signed in France on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
It became Veterans Day in 1954, shortly after the end of the Korean War and less than a decade after World War II, after various veterans service organizations urged Congress to encompass veterans of all wars in their honor.
With some ceremonies, parades and presentations either canceled or altered in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis, restaurants and other businesses will continue to show their appreciation for veterans and active military members.
Applebee’s, Bob Evans and Chili’s Grill and Bar are among the national restaurant chains offering free or discounted meals for veterans on Nov. 11, and 7-Eleven is offering a free cup of coffee or Big Gulp.
Other places, such as Golden Corral and Eat'n Park, have offers extended throughout November.
In Arizona, Basha's, AJ's Fine Foods and Food City will all be offering a 10 percent discount on groceries. Tucson's Coconino and Coronado National Forests will be free for all service members, and Harkins Theaters is offering veterans a free movie anytime throughout the day.
Veterans Day is somewhat related to, and sometimes mistaken for, Memorial Day, the federal holiday on the final Monday of May that is dedicated to those who have died while serving the United States in war.