Veterans Day is an annual United States federal holiday honoring all military veterans, which is observed on Nov. 11th. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. This event is a public expression showing support for our past and present U.S. troops.
The holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day but the government has officially dropped the apostrophe.
Older military couples, as well as young couples with families, may be separated for long periods of time during their service. Families learn to accommodate for the absence of the active military personnel while children anticipate the arrival of mommy or daddy when they do come home, if they come home.
The family separation is just one of the many great sacrifices the service members give to our country.
Although many honor veterans on this day, many others honor them every day of the year. The sacrifices they have made are continually in the thoughts and prayers of individuals on a daily basis as more young people travel overseas willing to serve and sacrifice for their country, becoming veterans themselves.
Nashville’s 2011 Veterans Day Parade
This year’s parade will begin with a dramatic fly-over by the Tennessee Air National Guard. The parade will feature Veterans from WWII through Afghanistan, equestrian teams, tanks, cannons, first responder vehicles, up to ten high school marching bands, Shriner’s and more.
This year’s parade will begin at the 11th day of the 11th month, at 11 minutes after 11 a.m., starting from 14th Avenue and Broadway and running down to Third Avenue. The VIP and Judges Reviewing Stand will be at 9th and Broadway. Mid – TN Today
A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held every year at Arlington National Cemetery with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then proceeds inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
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