2017 Statewide Veterans Day Events
Events List and Map
ODVA will be hosting a Statewide Veterans Day Celebration on November 11, 2:00pm at the WWII Memorial in Salem (intersection of Cottage St NE and Court St NE). Google Directions
The event will feature remarks by Sen. Ron Wyden; Joshua Groesz, Iraq combat veteran and executive director of The Salvation Army’s Veterans and Family Center; and Marianne McNally, daughter of Don Malarkey, WWII hero and member of famed 101st Airborne’s Easy Company, who died in September at 96. Also a color guard, national anthem, laying of the wreath and the playing of “Taps” as we celebrate, honor and remember the achievements and contributions of all of Oregon’s veterans.
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History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day is observed on November 11 of each year to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice.
President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first “Armistice Day,” commemorating the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany which took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, ending the Great War. For the next several decades, Armistice Day primarily honored veterans of World War I.
In 1954, to reflect the involvement of American veterans in World War II and Korea, the name was changed to Veterans Day. President Eisenhower appointed a Veterans Day National Committee “to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary.”
For a brief time, the observance of Veterans Day moved from year to year to ensure three-day weekends akin to Memorial Day in an attempt to encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities. By 1978 the date of observance was restored to November 11, preserving the historical significance of that date in accordance with the desires of major veterans organizations and the American people.
Info from: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs