What's open, what's closed on Veterans Day

Check before you head out to run errands on Monday.
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The last Veterans Day of the decade is here.

Falling on Monday this year, the federal holiday will mean a three-day weekend for many government and bank employees, but there may be some other closures as well. 

Here's a brief guide to what's open and what's closed, in case you need to run any errands on this Veterans Day.

Government offices: Most federal, state, and local offices will be closed on Monday, including the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. court buildings.

Banks: Wells Fargo and US Bank locations are among the major banks staying closed on Monday (though individual locations may vary); however, TCF Bank will have regular weekday hours.

Liquor stores: This will be on a case-by-case basis, as whether liquor stores stay open is up to them. Call ahead or check online before you head out.

Malls and stores: Virtually all malls, stores and restaurants will be open Monday, with many offering special deals and discounts for veterans and current members of the armed services. 

Schools: Sorry, kids... most public schools, including those in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts, will be open as usual on Monday, and same goes for the University of Minnesota.

Metro Transit: City buses and the Blue and Green lines will be operating as normal both days. The only reduced service happening in November will be on Thanksgiving.

Parking meters: A couple of breaks coming your way in terms of public parking. Neither St. Paul nor Minneapolis will be checking their meters on Monday. 

Garbage collection: If you're in Minneapolis or St. Paul, there is no change to service if Monday is your usual collection day.

Veterans Day events: Since the holiday is all about honoring veterans past and present, here's a few ways you can pay your respects on Monday.

A replica Liberty Bell will be rung at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol, following an 11-mile walk by a group of veterans to mark the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. 

Chapter 15 of the 173rd Airborne Brigade will have a program at 11 a.m. at the Vietnam Memorial. Includes a presentation of colors, band performance, and speakers

A gathering will be held at the Stillwater Veterans Memorial at 11:30 a.m. According to the Pioneer Press, a number of events are scheduled for the ceremony, including "a presentation of colors, a remembrance of veterans and a keynote address by Major Justin Bradshaw." However, according to the event's website, the program has been shortened somewhat due to cold weather. 

For a more thorough list of Veterans Day events, check out the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs' website. 

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