Today is a celebration and time to honor those who have served in the United States armed forces. Congress passed legislation in 1921 making November 11th a day to honor veterans. The holiday was changed to Armistice Day in 1926 until President Eisenhower changed it to veterans day in 1954.
Our veterans have fought to secure the rights and freedoms for all Americans. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA-11) today issued the following statement in remembrance of Veterans Day:
“Our country was founded on principles we hold sacred—freedom, justice, and liberty. Today we honor our brave veterans and active duty service members for their courage in defending these ideals. Veterans Day is significant for all Americans—it is a time to reflect and recognize the deep patriotism and sacrifice by a select few that has allowed our country to enjoy a life of continued freedoms and safety from our enemies.”
To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend – November 11-13, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
Many restaurants offer free meals for veterans on Veterans day and many retail stores offer discounts. Click on this link to view a list of participating restaurants, stores, parks, attractions and much more.
A Veteran’s Day service will be held Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Cedartown Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of East Avenue and Greenwood Street. Past American Legion Department Commander Henry “Butch” Adams will be the guest speaker.
Adams was in the U.S. Army where he served for 12 years in Lebanon, Granada, Panama and Desert Storm. He was elected to the high office of Georgia’s American Legion, and he is also the Sons of the American Legion, Detachment Commander of Georgia.
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