Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans.
It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that the President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”
In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas man named Stephan Riod the owner of a shoe repair shop, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Riod had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into “All” Veterans Day.
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since. Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October.
In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11.
We in Savannah go all out in observance of this holiday which allows us to pay homage to the men and women who fought for our freedom and protection throughout the years. Wreaths are laid, and a grand parade celebration is held.
The 100-plus parade entries will include various local school bands, JROTC the United Services Organizations and busses full of World War II veterans.
The local parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Hall and Abercorn Streets, and proceed north on Abercorn to Liberty Street, where it will continue west to Montgomery Street. The parade will then move north on Montgomery to Broughton Street where it will proceed east to its end at East Broad Street.
The Savannah Tribune salutes all Veterans and observe with great pride their contributions to our country.