Encourages residents to 'pay respect' to veterans on Veterans Day

This year, veterans from all branches of service and theaters will once again ride in the parade.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day because the "armistice" or agreement signed between the Allies and Germany ended World War I. It called for the cessation of all hostilities to take effect at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year in 1918.

This year marks the 36th Georgia Veterans Day Parade in downtown Atlanta.

Patrons lined up along Universal City Boulevard to Bowie Street to view the 47th annual Universal City Veterans Parade on November 4. Marching bands from Mansfield Senior High School, St. Peter's High School and Clear Fork High School will also participate.

Each Nov. 11, Americans across our nation observe Veterans Day, taking a moment to thank the millions of men and women who have bravely and courageous served our Armed Forces and ensured our liberty and freedom with their dedication and sacrifice. Food Lion, Smithfield's CVS Pharmacy and Fat Fellas BBQ have donated menu items.

Many other organizations and groups, Elks, Shriners, EMS departments, fire departments, "PAWS" Pets for Vets Group, motorcycle groups and auto clubs, including the Corvette Club, the Greenville VA Clinic, Carteret County Humane Society will be in the parade - all paying homage to America's veterans.

Veterans Day officially became a national holiday in 1938; it's a day to show respect and gratitude to those who were willing to serve the country. Many of them, as well as other Veterans, have returned to our city and made this community their home.

11, you can join in the celebration to honor Georgia veterans.

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