Veterans Day is tomorrow. Each year on Nov. 11, the country takes time to recognize and honor our country’s military service members.
Many people celebrate the day by not having to go to work, snagging some good deals at the mall or maybe a grabbing a free meal at an eatery honoring the military. But regardless of how you decide to recognize the day, take a moment and remember who and what the day is all about.
Veterans Day was originally designated as Armistice Day in 1919, by President Woodrow Wilson. The day was chosen in recognition of a cease fire between the Allied nations and Germany that had gone into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the year before. The armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was regarded as the end of World War I.
During Wilson’s proclamation of Armistice Day he said, “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 …”
In 1938, an act was passed declaring Nov. 11 Armistice Day, a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. It became a day primarily to honor veterans of World War I.
The act was amended in 1954, after the largest mobilization of service members during World War II. The word “armistice” was replaced by “veterans” to ensure all American veterans of all wars were recognized.
Later that year, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation.
Throughout the U.S., ceremonies will be held honoring our nation’s veterans including the National Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony starts at exactly 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and with a parade of colors by veterans organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
For ceremonies closer to home, here is a list of local ceremonies tomorrow:
POW/MIA ceremony and flag retirement ceremony at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum at 5 p.m. The ASOM is hosting a POW/MIA ceremony, offering the community a chance to honor and recognize missing Americans and their Families. Rolling Thunder North Carolina, Chapter 1 will perform the Missing Man Table Ceremony. A flag retirement ceremony will begin immediately afterward and the community is encouraged to bring flags that are ready to retire. This ceremony takes place in the Sunken Garden, on the Hay Street side of the museum.
Hope Mills Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial, Hope Mills Municipal Park, at 3 p.m. The Town of Hope Mills honors the men and women who have served our country in the military at this annual ceremony, hosted by the VFW and Women’s Auxiliary. The event will start at the Veterans Memorial with a laying-of-the-wreaths ceremony. Afterward, attendees are invited into the Hope Mills Recreation Center for refreshments. In case of inclement weather, the entire ceremony will be held inside the recreation center.
Veterans Day Festival at the garden, tomorrow, at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country with a Veterans Day festival at the garden. Enjoy the Community LEGO® American flag build, craft beer, inflatables, climbing wall and local food trucks.
Spring Lake Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park, Town of Spring Lake, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Join the Town of Spring Lake in paying tribute to all veterans at this annual ceremony. It’s a special time to recognize veterans as heroes and to say “thank you” for their service.