Local Veterans Day observance will be at county courthouse

A history of Veterans Day Though Congress dubbed Nov. 11 Armistice Day in 1926 (commemorating the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918), it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a legal holiday. It would retain that designation until 1954 when Congress changed the name to Veterans Day. During the Vietnam War, unfortunately, the holiday’s meaning was minimized when President Lyndon Johnson signed a law making the observance of Veterans Day the fourth Monday in October to placate those who merely wanted a long weekend. It wasn’t until 1978 that Congress restored the day to its rightful place on America’s historic calendar. Veterans Day is not to memorialize those lost to war, but an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans.

A history of Veterans Day  Though Congress dubbed Nov. 11 Armistice Day in 1926 (commemorating the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918), it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a legal holiday. It would retain that designation until 1954 when Congress changed the name to Veterans Day. During the Vietnam War, unfortunately, the holiday’s meaning was minimized when President Lyndon Johnson signed a law making the observance of Veterans Day the fourth Monday in October to placate those who merely wanted a long weekend. It wasn’t until 1978 that Congress restored the day to its rightful place on America’s historic calendar. Veterans Day is not to memorialize those lost to war, but an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans.
A history of Veterans Day Though Congress dubbed Nov. 11 Armistice Day in 1926 (commemorating the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918), it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a legal holiday. It would retain that designation until 1954 when Congress changed the name to Veterans Day. During the Vietnam War, unfortunately, the holiday’s meaning was minimized when President Lyndon Johnson signed a law making the observance of Veterans Day the fourth Monday in October to placate those who merely wanted a long weekend. It wasn’t until 1978 that Congress restored the day to its rightful place on America’s historic calendar. Veterans Day is not to memorialize those lost to war, but an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans.
MEEKER I At noon, Wednesday, Nov. 11, the public is invited to the courthouse lawn for a short ceremony to honor all veterans.
Following the courthouse ceremony, there will be a brief raising of the new POW/MIA flag at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce’s office. Then, at 12:30 p.m., there will be a dinner provided at Kilowatt Korner for all veterans and ladies’ auxiliaries, sponsored by the chamber of commerce.
Following the dinner, at 1:30 p.m., Barone Middle School will put on its annual Veterans Day honor program; all veterans and friends are invited to this program, which has been going on for several years.
— Kilduff is commander of Meeker VFW Post 5843
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“It Has Always Been The Soldier”
It is the solder, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom
of the press;
It is the solder, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech;
It is the solder, not the campus
organizer
Who has given us freedom to
demonstrate;
It is the solder, not the war protester
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the Flag;
And it is the soldier
Whose coffin is draped by the Flag.