The History of Veterans Day
At the end of World War I, the hope was that it was the war to end all future wars. Combat officially ceased at the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month of the year in 1918 and officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Veterans Day- known then as Armistice Day- on November 11, 1919, saying “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given American to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
In 1938, Armistice Day became a national holiday. Later, in 1954 after such wars as World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Veterans Day thus became a day to officially honor American veterans of all wars.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 21 million veterans in the United States as of September 2015. The largest group of veterans are those aged 65-69, with over 3.1 million in that group. The next largest are those ages 70-74, with over 2.2 million. In the state of Indiana alone, there are close to 500,000 veterans.
Veterans Day Events in Indianapolis
In Indianapolis, citizens of the community and surrounding areas honor veterans with a number of activities. Head to the Indiana War Memorial at 10:30 in the morning to hear a patriotic musical preclude featuring the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Division Band. This is followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with a presentation of colors, singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, a memorial prayer and more, ending with the sounding of “TAPS’ and retirement of colors.
Following the memorial service, the Flanner and Buchanan Veterans Day Parade begins right around noon. More than 80 units will march through the city, starting at Michigan and Pennsylvania Streets, south to New York Street, west to Meridian Street and finishing at North Street. This parade has been in effect for 46 years, thanks to volunteers and financial support from local businesses and veteran communities. In fact, the entire parade is funded by donations.
Finishing off the day’s celebrations, later in the evening the Veterans Day Banquet is held at Primo Banquet Hall & Conference Center on National Avenue in Indianapolis. A reception at 5:30 starts of the night, followed by the banquet at 6:30.
Veterans can also enjoy several “freebies” and discounts on Veterans Day throughout the country. Click here for more information!
We are proud that many residents of American Senior Communities locations throughout Indiana are veterans. ASC honors veterans with events throughout the year.
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