While recognition of military service is prevalent throughout American history, the modern-day view of Veteran’s Day largely began in 1926 when most states established November 11 as a legal holiday.
The original name was Armistice Day, which changed to Veteran’s Day in 1954.
Across America, communities honor those who sacrifice greatly and selflessly to defend the United States. There are hundreds, if not thousands of events today, but here are some of the highlights for the Washington, D.C. area:
• Wreath laying ceremonies on November 11:
-Arlington National Cemetery: 11 a.m.
-Vietnam Veterans Memorial: 1 p.m.
-World War II Memorial: 9 a.m.
-Navy Memorial: 1 p.m.
-Air Force Memorial: 11 a.m.
• Mount Vernon:
-All-veteran barbershop chorus: 11 a.m.
-Wreath laying at George Washington’s
tomb: 2 p.m.
• Veterans Day Parade in Manassas, November 12 at 11 a.m. Parade starts at intersection of Quarry Rd. and Prescott Ave., travels south on Prescott and then west on Center St. ending at West St. For more information, click here.
Check out your local events to find a parade or memorial near you. Most importantly, thank a soldier.