Local events planned to honor veterans

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 6, 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.

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THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE – Veterans and their service to the United States of America will be honored Monday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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.

IN HONOR – Veterans will be celebrated at a special ceremony 11 a.m. Monday at Wise County Veterans Park in Decatur. There are also local ceremonies in Alvord Friday and Saturday. 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 PROGRAM – The second graders of Alvord Elementary School will hold a Rise and Shine Program honoring all veterans at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Alvord Elementary gym.

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

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

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