EP Veterans' Day features parade and dedication

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first
anniversary of the end of World War I.
Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the
name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American
The day has evolved into also honoring living
military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A
national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington
National Cemetery in Virginia. As of 2006, there were 23.7 military
veterans in the United States.
Eagle Point will host a
Veteran’s Day Parade on Sunday, Nov. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. The line
up will be at Eagle Point High School. Jim and Anne Brookins will be
this year’s Grand Marshals.
Parade organizers are hoping
support will grow for the event and are especially interested in seeing
spectators line the streets. The parade is expected to follow the same
course as the July 4th parade. For information, call coordinator Blaine
Corriveau at 826-9503. Applications are available by calling Corriveau
or Herbert Robb at (541) 535-1899. Applications must be mailed to
Corriveau no later than Nov. 7. His address is 421 Stevens Rd., Unit
#2, Eagle Point, OR 97524.
Helen Wolgamott is asking Vietnam
vets to reserve a spot on the float honoring Vietnam veterans. Each
year a different group is honored. She can be reached at 830-4049.
the parade, Vietnam veterans will be honored with the unveiling of a
plaque  that is being placed on a large rock at the Covered Bridge.
There will be a brief ceremony.
In 2006 there were eight
million Vietnam-era veterans. Of that number of living veterans, in
2006 there were 430,000 living who served during both the Vietnam era
and the Gulf War.

Speak Your Mind