Veterans Day is an official U.S. holiday observed annually on Nov. 11 honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. This year, Nov. 11 is on a Sunday with Monday as a federal holiday. The history of Veterans Day began with World War I with the armistice which was a cessation of hostilities by mutual agreement or a truce. The agreement was signed and was the beginning of Armistice Day. World War I officially ended June 28,
Veterans Day is a very special day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery with an 11 a.m. service with a combined color guard representing all military services.“Present Arms” is spoken and a Presidential wreath is placed at the tomb and Taps are played in honor of all fallen military represented at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Veterans Day is celebrated all around the country as each community plans parades, special military services, special programs
As always, Upshur County has a parade, special programs
Check the local newspapers for information on the events for Veterans Day.
I found this poem and wish to share it with you.
Remember our Veterans.
On Veterans Day we honor all,
Who answered to a service call.
Soldiers young, and soldiers old.
Fought for freedom, brave and bold.
Some have lived, while others died,
And all of them deserve our pride.
We’re proud of all the soldiers who
Kept thinking of red, white and blue.
They fought for us and all our rights,
They fought through many days and nights.
And though we may not know each name,
We thank ALL veterans just the same.
I also found this poem written by Lt. Col. John McCrae on May 3,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky,
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below;
We are dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved
in Flanders Fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe.
To you, from failing hands, we throw the torch;
be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders Fields.
The Walk of Valor in Jaw Bone Park is a wonderful salute to our military families. As you walk along the many pictures of our saluted veterans, think of all who put their plans aside, went into battle for our country and many never came home. We are so proud of all who served and serve in the military all over the world. We thank you for your service.