Local events planned to honor veterans

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. The nation will pause to remember and honor all those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military.

The holiday originally honored veterans of World War I and was first celebrated in 1938 as Armistice Day. In 1954, after World War II had required the largest deployment of servicemen in the nation’s history and the U.S. military had fought in the Korean War, the 38th Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars.

Honoring Veterans

HONORING VETERANS – Rann Elementary School fifth grader Nicte Hernandez jots down the name of a veteran. The school honored veterans for their service by treating them to breakfast Friday morning and individually recognizing each who attended. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

On Oct. 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation.

Local events to honor veterans this year include:

VETERANS CELEBRATION – A veterans celebration will be held 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Alvord Veterans Memorial Park.

RISE AND SHINE WITH VETERANS – Boyd Elementary School will honor veterans during a special Veterans Day Rise and Shine assembly starting at 7:45 a.m. Monday. The school has asked parents to send pictures of veterans in their families and also invited them to come for special recognition. Currently the school has 52 veterans who will be recognized with a PowerPoint presentation, and 15 will be in attendance. A reception for the veterans will immediately follow the assembly with coffee and muffins.

BHS VETS TO BE HONORED – Bridgeport High School will have a Veterans Day Program 9 a.m. Monday in the gym honoring the graduates of BHS who have served and are serving in the military. The public is invited to attend.

VETERANS CEREMONY – A Veterans Day ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Wise County Veterans Park in Decatur. Chico Mayor J.D. Clark will be the speaker.

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