Submitted by Bedford’s Patriotic Holiday Committee
Veterans Day commemorates all servicemen and women of America who honorably served their country in war and in peacetime. Memorial Day honors those members of the military who lost their lives fighting in war for the United States.
World War I is where the story of Veterans Day begins.
According to the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, when on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” there was a provisional termination of hostilities between the Allies and Germany.
Armistice Day continued to be celebrated “with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.” until yet another war forced politicians to recalibrate the holiday.
World War II required the largest mobilization of military forces in the nation’s history, involving tens of millions of American volunteers and draftees.
After WWII ended, the 83rd Congress struck out the word “Armistice” from Armistice Day and replaced it with “Veterans” in order to include the men and women who served in WWII and forever incorporating any person who serves or has served in the U.S. military.
Join us at Veterans Memorial Park on Great Road in Bedford at noon on Wednesday, November 11 to remember and thank our veterans.