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Remember to Honor Our Veterans

Tomorrow we will honor all the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Celebrations, parades and even free meals for veterans will be common across the country. Many of these events provide benefits to veterans groups across the county. We are proud that America is celebrating and thanking our veterans.

This picture of the parade in Minden, Louisiana is representative of many of the parades all across America that honor and salute our veterans. Photo by Billy Hathorn.

Many readers of this column are veterans, but we also have first responders and JROTC and ROTC cadets that subscribe. Especially for the younger group, it is easy to forget the meaning of Veterans Day and why it is celebrated at the time it is.

The Great War, or World War I, established so many of the events that have happened in the 20th century. Genocide and poison gas were first used during the War. Civilians and cities had never before been bombed from the air. This was a type of warfare that had never been seen. From a geopolitical standpoint, many of the issues that brought about World War II were laid during World War I and allowed Hitler to rise to power. The boundaries of several European countries were redrawn and America became, for the first time, the world power. PBS has a fabulous series on the war, and is highly recommended.

Veterans Day was originally designated as Armistice Day, a celebration of the end of World War I, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The first Armistice Day was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. The following year the United Kingdom and France held ceremonies to honor the memory of their unknown soldiers and in March 1921 Congress approved the interment of an unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. On Memorial Day of the same year, an unknown soldier was selected from four unknowns at a ceremony in France. Read more about the memorial at ArlingtonCemetery.mil. This soldier lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda until Armistice Day, 1921 when he was interred at Arlington.

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of several veterans organizations, chose to pass legislation changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day and President Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. Today Veterans Day honors all who have served.

Travis Mills: A Soldier's Story

We are always hearing stories that we want to pass along and recently learned about this story on television. Check out Travis: A Soldier’s Story - SSG Travis Mills.

Salute our Veterans!

November 11th honors all Americans who have served in the U.S. military, during both wartime and peacetime. Be sure to fly the US flag all day in honor of our service men and women! Glendale Parade Store will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Any orders placed online will be given top priority when we return on Thursday, November 12, and will be processed in the order in which they were received.

A Green Light Means Go!

Click here for more information on a campaign we can all be a part of for our veterans all year 'round.

And Many More!

A Glendale Birthday salute to the U.S. Marine Corps which turns 240 years young on November 10th!

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