Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 1, 2013

Honoring veterans throughout the Valley

by Sierra Rhodes

Nearly 100 years ago, President Woodrow Wilson said of Armistice Day, "America...will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory."

The day of commemoration was declared in November 1919, just a few months after the end of WWI.

Armistice Day commemorated the conclusion of the destruction and loss of life the "Great War" had caused, and Wilson wanted it to be observed with parades, public meetings and a brief cessation of work. Congress officially recognized the significance of Armistice Day in June 1926, though it didn't become a legal holiday until 1938. The holiday officially became known as Veterans Day on June 1, 1954 to honor veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day has continued to be observed on Nov. 11, no matter which day of the week that might fall. It is a day in place to honor our veterans -- for their patriotism, the love of their country, and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

In recognition of this day, the annual Veterans Day Parade "All Gave Some, Some Gave All" will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton. The parade will feature military and veteran color guards, marching bands, horses, military vehicles, patriotic units, local dignitaries and overhead flights of military aircraft. Call (816) 225-1805 for more information.

Supporting and honoring veterans can be done with more than a parade. Sentinels of Freedom, a local nonprofit that provides "life scholarships" to severely wounded veterans, is hosting a crowd-funding competition, the Honoring Those Who Serve Challenge, at www.crowdrise.com/sofsf-nof. Funds will go to helping veterans in the Sentinels of Freedom program.

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