The official 2018 Veterans Day poster features a poppy
This year is also the 40th anniversary of the Veterans Day Poster contest that began in 1978. Each year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has asked artists around the country to submit work to the Veterans Day National Committee, which selects the official poster commemorating Veterans Day from hundreds of entries. For 2018, the winning poster features the image of a poppy, which has been a symbol of remembrance since Lt. Col. John McCrae was inspired to write the poem “In Flanders Fields” after seeing poppies growing on the battlefields.
This year Veterans Day is a three-day celebration
In 2018 Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, which means there are celebrations taking place over three days. On Saturday there are parades and other events taking place. On Sunday, the actual observation of Veterans Day, brings a number of commemorative events. The federal holiday is observed on Monday, which means all federal and state government offices will be closed.
It wouldn’t be Veterans Day without deals
On Veterans Day, it has become tradition for retailers, cultural institutions and more to show appreciation to veterans by offering freebies, deals and discounts to active and retired military. Sometimes the deals apply only to veterans. Sometimes the discounts may be extended to family members. See here for a list of freebies and deals this year.