Honoring service, sacrifice: Veterans Day ceremony held at War Memorial

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 Nicole Erwin WKMS

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An average of 6,000 soldiers died every day during the war, and more than 21 million were wounded.

Anyone with information on veterans who served from the area is asked to send information to California PA Vietnam War Honor Roll, P.O. Box 605, California, PA 15419. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, himself a general during World War II, renamed the holiday Veterans Day.

Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.

The holiday is celebrated every year on November 11 to commemorate the armistice that ended World War I. As History.com notes, the holiday stared as "Armistice Day", which was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, a year after the war ended. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in France.

" Monticello offers free admission to USA veterans to the house and grounds".

Jane Zatlin, group coordinator of the Kent Quilters, will present a Veterans Quilt to Andy Ocif, the chairman of the Kent Veterans Memorial Committee, and Charlotte Lindsey, the secretary. "Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and the Coast Guard have all given their time, and many times their lives, to protect our freedoms".

The next development in the story of Veterans Day unfolded in 1968, when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which sought to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees-and encourage tourism and travel-by celebrating four national holidays (Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day) on Mondays. Our support and appreciation for our veterans needs to extend beyond the weekend's observances.

The 9th Annual Gordon-Rushville High School Veterans Day Program is also today, 1:30 in the high school gym in Gordon with the public invited to attend. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important objective of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

DWTS host Tom Bergeron also took part, posting a link to the USO, providing fans with a way to give back to veterans. We have plenty of organizations locally that serve veterans, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and others.

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