History of Veterans Day
On November 11th, we celebrate and honor the service of veterans from all branches of the United States military. Originally known as Armistice Day, 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. 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. It became a national holiday in 1938, known as a day dedicated to the cause of world peace. 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”, leading the first celebration of Veterans Day in 1947 in Alabama. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill changing the holiday’s name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Other countries also observe a form of Veterans Day. Britain, France, Australia and Canada both celebrate what they call Remembrance Day on or near November 11th.
Veterans Day Events in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
There are many Veterans Day events being held in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia to honor those who have served our country.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade
The Manassas Veterans Day Parade, which takes place on Saturday, November 8th, pays tribute to all veterans and active duty military personnel. It is the largest Veterans Day Parade in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. The parade features high school and military bands, drum corps teams, military units, military vehicles and members of local veteran organizations. The parade kicks off at 11am in downtown historic Manassas at the intersection of Quarry Rd. and Prescott Ave.
Veterans Day Concert on the National Mall
On Tuesday, November 11th there will be a very special Veterans Day Concert on the National Mall. The program is called Concert for Valor and will simulcast live on HBO. The show will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Black Keys, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Eminem, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band, just to name a few. The concert starts at 7pm, but the gates open at 10am.The concert is free and open to the public and will take place rain or shine. The concert’s mission is to raise awareness of veteran’s issues and organizations and to honor those who have served to protect the interests of our country.
Veterans Day Events at Arlington Cemetery
The Veteran’s Day festivities at Arlington Cemetery will start at 11am with a concert at the amphitheater and ending with a special wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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. There will also be special events held at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. The World War II Memorial will have a special wreath-laying program starting at 9am. There will also be special ceremonies and events at the Naval and Air Force Memorials and The National Marine Corps Museum. Take a moment on Monday to think about those who have served to protect our freedoms over the last two and half centuries. In honor of the men and women who serve our country, ezStorage offers a 10% discount for military storage. Military personnel who are in the process of being deployed can safely store their belongings in one of our storage units, no matter how near or far they are stationed.