by Sheryll Poe
Honoring Veterans From Coast to Coast
Sometimes “thank you” just isn’t enough.
That’s why we have Veterans Day, a time to when Americans honor those who serve or have served in the U.S. military.
Unlike Memorial Day where we honor those who gave their lives for our freedom, Veterans Day is a day for us to take the time to honor those who fight our nation’s wars, and show our support, respect and gratitude for servicemen and women.
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is always on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I in 1918. In 1954, it was officially renamed Veterans Day to honor all American military veterans.
There are Veterans Day events held throughout the country and in every local community. Take the day off to give back and show your appreciation for those who serve our country.
The National Veterans Day Observance is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.
The National Museum of the Pacific War’s Veterans Day Ceremony features a presentation of colors, rifle salute, and guest keynote speaker James J. (Jim) Bisson, Brigadier General, U. S. Army (Retired). Bisson began his military career when he was drafted in February 1967 and has commanded at all levels from platoon through brigade.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The National World War II Museum features Veterans Day events, such as performances by The U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Band and other programs. The museum offers free admission to all veterans and active duty military, Reserve and Guard members, and their families.
New York City, New York
More than 400 U.S. Navy Sailors will participate in Veterans Week NYC 2015 from Nov. 8 -13 and America’s Parade on Nov. 11. Sailors from local commands in Manhattan, the Bronx, Long Island, and New Jersey will be joined by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Rear Adm. Cynthia Thebaud, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, and the Captain and crew of amphibious assault ship, USS New York (LPD 21), who recently returned from deployment in the Middle East.
San Diego, California
San Diego’s 2015 Veterans Day Parade celebrates the 70th anniversary of World War II and America’s Greatest Generation. In addition, the USS Midway will say “thank you” to our military veterans with a full day of free admission, food, live entertainment, a blood drive, and a vintage war plane flyby.
November 10, 2015