Veterans Day 2020

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american flagsThis week is Veteran’s Day. Wednesday November 11 is the day recognized as the day to honor and celebrate veterans. Do you know the history of the holiday?

According to the VA website, “An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars” (https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp).

Durango and the surrounding communities typically offer celebrations, and while this year it must be scaled back due to COVID, there will still be some recognition of our Veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4031 will do a drive by parade with about 15 Veterans down Main Avenue in Durango starting at 10 am.

According to the Durango Herald, Post 143 is holding a flag-raising ceremony at the Pine River Cemetery veterans memorial starting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. It will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Post 143. Community members may attend, but of course social distance and masks are suggested.

Even though this year is different, we are thankful for the Veterans who have served our country. We hope you enjoy the day and recognize those who have sacrificed for us all.