Happy Veterans Day!
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, fighting ceased in Western Europe. This was the end of World War I.
This is the first year the holiday has fallen on 11/11/11 as Armistice Day did not exist before 1919. The holiday become official in 1938 and in 1954, President Eisenhower signed a law changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day, honoring all who have served and not just veterans of World War I.
For example, historic military vehicles will be on display for all to see. There will also be a display of military memorabilia, provided by Bethany residents. Residents – and staff – will gather to share stories of service and sacrifice.
Bethany is home to many soldiers and Marines.
On Veterans Day, residents will also pay tribute to the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Marines throughout the world gather on November 10 to celebrate the birth of their Corps. By creating special programming for both Veterans Day and the Marine Corps birthday, residents of all service backgrounds can gather, knowing they are showing honor to each other — and the country.