November 11 is Veteran’s Day. And in honor of all those who have served our country, the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony will be will be held Sunday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at Spring Park. A lunch will follow at American Legion Post 64. Also on Sunday, the fourth annual “Field of Heroes” will have its closing ceremony at 3 p.m.
According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (http://www.va.gov), Veteran’s Day started as Armistice Day in November 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 the first Armistice Day. “The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.,” the website states.
An Act approved on May 13, 1938 made November 11 in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.”
The website went on to state that due to World War II and Korea, Armistice Day became Veterans Day. According to the website, “in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first ‘Veterans Day Proclamation’.”
The website also states “Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
See The Sun-Times’ salute to Veterans on pages 7-12A of today’s edition.