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Photos by Fritz Rethage  -- Posted November 30, 2005

Veterans Day Service 2005

[Honor Roll]

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On Friday, November 11, 2005 at Memorial Park, a brief service was held at 11:00 a.m. The service was co-sponsored by  VFW Post 4591and the American Legion Post 106.

The service began with remarks by American Legion Commander Michael Cahill with an invocation by Gilbert Hunt.

Mayor Ronald R. Jones and Councilman Thomas Meli spoke about recognizing the Veterans’ service to America’s freedom.

VFW Commander Elmer J. Winterfeld spoke about America’s tribute to Veterans.

Gilbert Hunt gave the benediction and Sal Altomare concluded the service by leading the assembly in the singing of God Bless America. ###

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Origins: In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe).

These memorial services took place on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I at 11:00 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month), which became known as Armistice Day.

Armistice Day officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

Official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day center around the Tomb of the Unknowns.

To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.

At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes "Present Arms" at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath and the playing of "Taps."  #####



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