History of Veterans Day
Every November 11th, we take the time to honor the service of veterans from all branches of the United States military. Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was created to honor those who served in World War I. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919, one year after the end of World War I when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. World War I was officially over at the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month of the year in 1918. When World War II ended, a veteran named Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama wanted to expand Armistice Day to include all veterans, not just those from World War I. Weeks is known as the “Father of Veterans Day”. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the holiday’s name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Today, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or deceased, but especially honors living veterans who served their country whether during war or peacetime.
Veterans Day Parades and Events in Washington D.C. Area
There are many Veterans Day events being held in the Washington D.C. area to honor those who have served our country.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade
The Manassas Veterans Day Parade takes place on Saturday, November 7th starting at 11am in downtown historic Manassas. The parade is the largest Veterans Day Parade in the Northern Virginia and Washing ton D.C. area. The parade features high school and military bands, drum corps teams, military units, military vehicles, fife and drum bands and members of local veteran organizations.
Veterans Day Events at Arlington Cemetery
Arlington Cemetery will be observing Veterans Day with a morning full of programs. The Veterans Day festivities at Arlington Cemetery will start at 10:30am with a concert by the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” at the amphitheater and end with a National Observance Program hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There will also be the Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11am.
Military Memorial on National Mall Events and Ceremonies
There will be many commemorative events being held at military monuments on the National Mall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will have a special ceremony at 1pm with a color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying program to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial will have events throughout Veterans Day including veterans and children of veterans sharing their wartime experiences. The World War II Memorial will have a special wreath-laying program starting at 9am. The Navy and Air Force Memorials will also have special wreath-laying events and a moment of silence on November 11th.
Mount Vernon Veterans Day Celebration
Mount Vernon, the home of General George Washington, is honoring veterans with their Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans program on Wednesday, November 11th. All active duty, former or military personnel will receive free admission to Mount Vernon for the day. There will be a special wreath-laying event at Washington’s Tomb, a patriotic community concert by a barbershop chorus, The Harmony Heritage Singers and a performance by the United States Air Force String Orchestra.
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