Veterans Day in Pulaski County USA

There’s no better place to spend Veterans Day than alongside your veterans in Pulaski County USA, Home of Fort Leonard Wood.

But first, how did Veterans Day come to be?  Your history lesson, courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website:

The Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I (“The Great War”) on June 28, 1919, even though fighting had already ceased. Seven months earlier, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” It became Armistice Day after a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1919.

On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved that made November 11 a legal holiday dedicated to honoring veterans of World War I.  However, on June 1, 1954, after World War II and after American forces fought in Korea, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans.”  On June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans.

In an attempt to create three-day weekends for federal employees, the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed on June 28, 1968, to place four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971. Veterans Day was not only a day of celebration, but a historic remembrance of Armistice Day. On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a Public Law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. 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 purpose 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.

Here in Pulaski County USA, every day is Veterans Day! We understand the importance of this holiday because we live side by side so many American Veterans.

Friday (Nov. 9) begins a weekend of celebration in remembrance of all those who have and still do serve our country; Fort Leonard Wood is proud to host a FREE Veterans Appreciation Concert featuring musician Candy Coburn. This concert will be held at Nutter Field House on Iowa Avenue in Fort Leonard Wood and is open to the public. Come on out, support your Veterans and enjoy a night of great music!

Pulaski County USA’s most notable Veterans Day event is our Veterans Day Parade. This is our largest parade of the year, with participants from all over the county, including service members and clubs from Fort Leonard Wood.  The Patriot Guard, Shrine Club, Scouts clubs and many more organizations participate in this celebration of honor.  Come on down to Pulaski County USA on Sunday, Nov. 11,, for a Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. The parade starts at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a day of honor, remembrance and American Patriotism. See highlights from the 2011 parade here.

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The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to announce the release of our new Veterans Memorial Tour Guide. Enjoy a scenic drive through Pulaski County USA and visit the many veterans memorials erected in honor of our service members. You may download our tour as a PDF from our website or you may use the online map. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend and don’t forget to thank your Veterans.

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