The history of Veterans Day

The history of Veterans Day

All are there to honor the service of our nation's veterans on this important day.

Veterans Day is a USA legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.

Veterans Day grew from Armistice Day, which marked the agreement to stop the fighting between the allies (the U.S., Great Britain and France) and Germany on the Western Front of World War I. The agreement took effect at 11 o'clock in the morning or the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, hence November 11.

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After World War II, a movement began to broaden the meaning of the day, culminating in Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all those who served in the U-S military. John McCain, himself a Vietnam Veteran and a former prisoner of war, wrote. "The kids are here, the Flash of Crimson [band] always does a super job, so it was fantastic, and it is always gratifying as a veteran, to think, 'I wonder if anyone remembers the sacrifices of these guys'". A war that had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history.

In 1968, the holiday was moved to the fourth Monday in October thanks to the Uniform Holiday Bill. Our support and appreciation for our veterans needs to extend beyond the weekend's observances. So at the urging of the veterans service organizations, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans". This led to the "Veterans Day Proclamation" issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower four months later: "In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common goal". It was the men and women who were able to return home to live their lives after the First World War, and all veterans, who have been remembered and revered every November 11. We also do so because it's right and appropriate to honor our veterans. People can celebrate Veterans Day by going to a local band or choral concert featuring patriotic music, by taking part in a flag raising ceremony, or by joining in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and singing of the National Anthem.

Tributes and treats for veterans will be available at the Veteran's Memorial Park on Bay Street at the end of the parade. We have plenty of organizations locally that serve veterans, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and others.

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