In between Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veterans Day is a holiday that can often by overlooked as anything more than a day off from school or work.
Nov. 11 has been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1938. It is dedicated to American veterans of all wars and occurs on this day because in the 11th hour of the the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, an armistice — or temporary cessation of hostilities — was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.
While all of our libraries are closed today for Veterans Day, our online resources are available 24 hours a day on our website. Our digital collections includes books, movies and documentaries that you can read or stream today.
Browse the Honoring Veterans collection of movies and documentaries on Hoopla Digital, including the award-winning Where Soldiers Come From, documenting the lives of three friends from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as they graduate from high school, join the National Guard to earn money for college, and are immediately deployed to Afghanistan after basic training.
Browse the War & Action collection on Kanopy, which includes classics like A Farewell to Arms, All Quiet on the Western Front and Platoon, and more contemporary films like A Bear Named Winnie — the story of World War I soldier who saved a black bear and become the inspiration for the Winnie the Pooh stories — and Eye in the Sky — an award winning tale of a military officer (Helen Mirren) who commands a top-secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya.