By Bobby R. Henry, Sr., A Message From The Publisher – www.thewestsidegazette.com Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV
Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was first celebrated in the United States on November 11, 1919, in remembrance of the end of World War I. Its purpose was to honor the veterans of that war.
In 1954, following World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day to pay tribute to all U.S. military veterans. Every year on November 11th, we commemorate and show our respect for the service and sacrifices of these brave individuals.
We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe them. In the United States, Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th to honormilitary veterans of the United States Armed Forces who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
This date coincides with other similar holidays, such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the end of World War I.
The formal end of major hostilities in World War I occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Armistice with Germany took effect. In 1954, at the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day.