Veterans Day 2018: Honoring Those Who Served and Renewing Hopes for Peace 

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While Americans take time on this Veterans Day to honor those who serve and have served, many other nations know November 11th as Armistice Day, the anniversary of the treaty signed that ended the hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. More than any other holiday, with the possible exception of New Year's Day, Veterans Day/Armistice Day is tied to a specific time and date: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the armistice treaty was signed in Compiegne, France.

A ceremony of remembrance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. That's where Major Gen. Gary Sayler, USAF Retired and Brig. Gen. William Shawver Jr. will award Spirit of Freedom awards to veterans and volunteers.

Later in the day, a choral tribute to the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day will be held at the Cathedral of the Rockies in downtown Boise. The concert gets underway at 2 p.m.

Restaurants across the region, including Applebee's Buffalo Wild Wings, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin' Donuts, Little Caesars, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday's, Sizzler and Starbucks are offering Sunday specials for veterans or active duty service members.

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Boise State University will take time on Monday, Nov. 12 to honor former and active duty military members. BSU counts more than 1,000 current/former military members as students and 200 current/former military members as university employees. The BSU celebration gets underway at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Student Union Building Hatch Ballroom.

While most schools will be open Monday, federal and state offices will be closed on Nov. 12 to honor veterans. Most city and county offices will also be closed. Post offices will be closed, and there will be no regular mail delivery. Trash collection and ValleyRide buses will operate on traditional weekday schedules.
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