There are several Veterans Day events taking place this year, starting Nov. 9.
The C-4 Elementary School Veterans Day program will begin with a reception at 2 p.m. Families are welcome to attend the program.
Dustin Schuetz, Josh Hawkins and Joe Hutto, all of whom have served the country, will be honored guests. The third- and fourth-graders will provide musical entertainment.
The Arkansas City Public School District has three different events planned Nov. 10.
At 10 a.m., there will be a Veterans Day assembly at Adams Elementary School, located at 1201 N. 10th St.
The next program will be held at 12:45 p.m. at Frances Willard Elementary School, located at 201 N. Fourth St.
The Arkansas City High School program will be held at 2:45 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium, located at 1200 W. Radio Lane.
On Nov. 11, there will be a customer and veterans appreciation barbecue and carnival at Zeller Motor Company.
Families are welcome to attend the event, which will include food and games. Zeller Motors is located at 3021 N. Summit St.
The culmination of the day’s activities, which will begin with ceremonies at both Memorial Lawn and Riverview cemeteries, is the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Arkansas City.
The parade, which starts at 11 a.m., will begin at Walnut Avenue and continue to Adams Avenue on Summit Street.
Veterans Day history
Veterans Day originally was called “Armistice Day” and it first was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 that ensured an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.
Veterans Day is reserved to pay tribute to all Americans, both living or dead, but especially to give thanks to living veterans who served during wartime or peace.
Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day, which honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.
The following Veterans Day facts can be found at www.history.com:
- In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975, President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to Nov. 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- Australia, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near Nov. 11. Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday on the second Sunday of November. In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every Nov. 11.