November 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. If Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday, federal government closings for Veterans Day will be on the Friday before. If it falls on a Sunday, closures will be the following Monday.
We have a special treat for you on Veterans Day this year! We are happy to welcome back celebrity impressionist Rick Chapman to the Bay Village stage. He would like to invite everyone to Bay Village’s very own U.S.O. Show at 2:30 p.m.! You never know who you might see on stage today! Following Rick’s show, we will have patriotic refreshments for you and a special treat for our veterans. Wear your red, white and blue proudly everyone and be sure to join us on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.