Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a day to honor the heroic men and women who have served our country. It’s an important day to be sure, but do you know the origins of this meaningful holiday?
In 1918, World War I was informally ended with an armistice in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the date Armistice Day to pay tribute to American veterans who had served in the war. In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a federal legal holiday.
Later on, World War II and the Korean War created millions more veterans to be honored. Since Armistice Day was associated with World War I, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 changing the holiday’s name to Veterans Day, a day dedicated to American veterans of all wars.
At Bay Village we will welcome speaker and veteran Tom Callaghan back to help us celebrate! We will have a continental breakfast in the dining room at 10 a.m. Veterans: we will have tables set up outside the dining room for any military memorabilia you would like to display. Everyone: wear your patriotic colors and come help us honor those who fought for our freedom!