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 wars. The day honors 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.
In 2010 there were 21.8 million veterans. Those veterans 65 and older number nine million while those under the age of 35 total 1.7 million.
Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2010 was 7.6 million.
Other living veterans in 2010 who served during three wars:
As of 2010, there were 54,000 veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
There were 15.8 million veterans who voted in the 2008 presidential election. Seventy-one percent of veterans cast a ballot in the presidential election.
This Friday, Nov. 11 , Veteran’s Day will be celebrated in Eagle Point. Events begin with breakfast at the Eagle Point Senior Center on Loto St. All veterans will eat free of charge. Breakfast for all others will be $5. This event begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 10 a.m .
At 10:15 everyone is asked to meet at the Ashpole Center to prepare to walk (or ride if you can’t walk) to the covered bridge for a special service on the 11th day of the 2011th year at 11 a.m. The Eagle Point High School Band and members of Boy Scout Troop 48 will lead the way. The scouts will carry flags representing each branch of the service.
The special ceremony will include an address by Mayor Bob Russell.
Many Eagle Point residents remember when the V.A. Domiciliary was a huge, active military base. There was a lookout in Eagle Point, soldiers often marched through town and, Ed’s Oasis was a popular place. Following the war, the school district was able to obtain buildings from the base for a school and a number of homes on Napa, Shasta and Royal Ave. came from the base.
Many residents have a lot of memories associated as far back as WWII.
Event organizers hope the community will turn out to say thank you to all veterans, including those currently serving.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent