Friday, November 6, 2020

Remembering Those Who Serve

It all began with Armistice Day, a day set aside to remember those who died during the First World War. November 11 became the legal holiday in 1938, and after the end of World War Two, the name was changed to Veterans Day – a day set aside to honor all veterans of the armed forces.


It was President Dwight Eisenhower who signed the bill in 1953 proclaiming November 11 as Veteran’s Day. Emporia Kansas resident Alvin J. King had contacted his congressman and requested the day be set aside to honor all veterans from all wars and conflicts. The first national observance occurred in 1954.

This year, Veterans Day will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th anniversary of the end of the Panama Invasion, and the beginning of Desert Shield.

Veterans Day is celebrated each year with parades, dedications and speeches. Here are just a few scheduled for this year.


 The National Veterans Day Ceremony held at Arlington Cemetery begins with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It continues with an event at the Memorial
Amphitheatre. These events are free and open to the public.


New York’s Veterans Day Parade, the country’s largest celebration for veterans, will be held as scheduled in New York City. An entire week of festivities and socially distant events including a Veterans Day Motorcade, a motorcycle ride and wreath-laying ceremonies. The Veterans Day Salute will be broadcast on WABC and live streamed on


The “Founding City” of Veterans Day, Emporia Kansas, will host a multi-day event. The All Veterans Tribute will run during the month of November and include a veteran art exhibit, a Freedom Fest Run and memorial services.




The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) has announced that the annual ceremony at The Wall will not be held this year. They will however hold a virtual ceremony on November 11 at 1pm ET. You can attend through Facebook or on the VVMF website


Other cities and town around the country will celebrate the day, or the weekend before or after, with civil war encampments, military vehicle displays, and rousing speeches and performances.

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Today, more than 1 million active-duty personnel are serving in the United States military. More than 800,00 make up the reserved forces. And there are more than 24.9 million veterans living in the US.


Take time Wednesday to honor and remember those who fight to protect our country. Happy Veterans Day!

~ Joy

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