Veterans’ Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.  Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week on which the 11th falls.  While many realize that Veterans’ Day falls on November 11th, a day to honor our veterans. Few realize the historical significance behind this day.

In 1919, President Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with these words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as pause in activities at 11:00 a.m. on the day. In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday for all.  

However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all Veterans and not just those who served in World War I.  In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” to formally include all Veterans of all-American wars in the day of remembrance.  Today, Veterans Day is a federal holiday which many cities celebrate with parades and ceremonies. In Washington, D.C., there are ceremonies throughout the city including a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.

While Memorial Day is the day on which we remember those, who died in service to our country.  Veterans’ Day recognizes those who have served and continue to serve today.

Americans are encouraged to say thank you to those who fulfill this patriotic duty to maintain the freedoms of our country by coming out on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Despite the threat of inclement weather, appreciative citizens lined Harrison Ave and saluted our veterans as they and the hosts of scouts, re-enactors, and even the Victory Belles from the National World War II Museum marched down the street. The next year saw glorious weather and doubled the number of people.

Now, the Lakeview Veterans Day Parade is here to stay, and we are looking forward to the best parade yet. So, if you have worn or continue to wear the uniform of our Armed Forces, please come and join us as we honor you.

 If you are a civilian, grab your lawn chair and come and watch our Veterans march by and thank them for the gifts of the freedom we all enjoy today…