by Susan Klick, MSN, RN, CNL
Veterans Day honors the duty, sacrifice, and service of America’s nearly 25 million veterans. It is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
A brief history lesson: In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Although World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, the fighting had actually stopped seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – November 11, 1918. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved in May, 1938 made the 11th of November a legal holiday to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. This act was later amended and on June 1, 1954, November 11th became Veterans Day, a day to honor American veterans.
Here are a few of the many activities going on in our area honoring Veterans. Get out and say thank you to our Veterans! It doesn’t have to be Veterans Day to say thank you to the brave men and women who have fought and who are fighting for our country. But on November 11th, each and every one of us need to make a special effort to do so.
Date: Tue, 11/11/2014 Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
On Nov 11, the Saint Louis Science will honor all who have served in the US Armed Forces with a patriotic display of US flags, World War II soldier re-enactors, military vehicles and a special tribute. All Veterans get FREE admission to D-Day film.
National Park Service Fee Free DayDate: Tue, 11/11/2014 Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm Location: The Gateway Arch
The National Park Service honors America’s veterans with free entrance to all parks for all visitors on special days throughout the year. This fee is included in the Arch tram and movie tickets, so enjoy a $3 discount on these dates!
Activity:National Park Service Fee Free Day
Visit Jefferson Barracks Park
Jefferson Barracks Park is approximately 425 acres. Jefferson Barracks served as a gathering point for troops and supplies bound for service in the Mexican War, Civil War, various Indian conflicts, Spanish-American War, Philippine War, and World Wars I and II. Jefferson Barracks also served as the first Army Air Corps basic training site. Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan, Stephen W. Kearny and William T. Sherman were a few of the famous Americans to serve at Jefferson Barracks.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs