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U.S. gov't offices, schools closed in observance of Veterans Day
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08:45, November 13, 2007

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Federal, state and city offices as well as public schools here are closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day, an official national holiday in the United States.

No regular mail delivery nor garbage pickup are available. While banks are closed, the stock markets remain open.

In New York City, subways, buses, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North trains all operate on a normal weekday schedule.

Veterans Day, which fell on Sunday, was celebrated in Manhattan as thousands of veterans joined an annual parade sponsored by the United War Veterans of New York County.

Organizers estimated that more than 20,000 people took part in the 88th annual parade on Sunday. There were veterans from World War II, Korea war, Vietnam war, Desert Storm and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To facilitate veteran's application for federal benefit claims, the city has set up the hotline 311 to offer free legal advice.

There are more then a quarter million veterans, reservists and active duty members currently living in the city.

Source: Xinhua



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