POINT PLEASANT — Saturday the public can come out to support veterans for the annual AMVETS Post #2 Veterans Day Parade and Celebration of Freedom event.
The parade starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Mason County Board of Education office and will travel south down Main Street. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome. There is no need to preregister.
Immediately following the parade, will be the Celebration of Freedom held at the American Legion Post 23 inside the first floor banquet room. The AMVETS will be serving a free meal for everyone who attends and of course, veterans are especially encouraged to attend. The menu will consist of chicken strips, macaroni salad, green beans, cupcakes and drinks.
Karen Randolph of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary said the group has been hosting the parade and Celebration of Freedom for about seven years now.
“It’s something we feel like we need to do and we’re going to keep doing it,” Randolph said, no matter how many people show up.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people have attended the parade over the years though the AMVETS are grateful for those who do and those who have served.
The post and its auxiliary, which puts together the event every year, also hosts a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Riverfront Park each year, feeds city workers one day a year, decorates the graves of veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and decorates a shelter at Krodel Park for Christmas to bring attention to POW/MIA soldiers.
A history of Veterans Day as explained by the US Department of Veterans Affairs:
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased 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. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation.”
Information for this article found at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
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