Veteran’s Day in Pulaski County USA!

What better place to spend Veteran’s Day than alongside your Veterans in Pulaski County USA, Home of Fort Leonard Wood!  But first, how did Veteran’s Day come to be?  Your history lesson for the day from the Department of Veterans Affairs Website:

The Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I or “The Great War” on June 28, 1919 even though the fighting had already ceased.  Seven months earlier, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, 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,” but quickly became Armistice Day after a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in November of 1919.

On May 13, 1938, an Act was approved that made November 11th a legal holiday dedicated to honoring Veterans of World War I.  However on June 1, 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of troops and after American forces fought aggressions in Korea, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans”.  On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans.

In an attempt to create three-day weekends for Federal Employees, the Uniform Holiday Bill was signed on June 28, 1968 to place four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Columbus Day. The first Veteran’s Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. Veterans Day was not only a day of celebration, but a historic remembrance of Armistice Day. On September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a Public Law which returned the annual observance of Veteran’s Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veteran’s Day continues to be observed on November 11th, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veteran’s Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veteran’s Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Here in Pulaski County USA every day is Veteran’s Day! We understand the importance of this holiday because we live side by side so many American Veterans.  Friday begins a weekend of celebration in remembrance of all those who have and still do serve our country.  Friday night, November 9th, Fort Leonard Wood is proud to host a FREE Veterans Appreciation Concert sponsored by Coca-cola, Texas Roadhouse, 107.9 and A1 Steak Sauce, featuring Candy Coburn an American country music artist.  This concert will be held at Nutter Field House on Iowa Avenue in Fort Leonard Wood and is open to the public!  Come on out, support your Veterans and enjoy a night of great music!

Pulaski County USA’s most notable Veteran’s Day event is our Veteran’s Day Parade.  This is our largest parade of the year with participants from all over the county, including service members and clubs from Fort Leonard Wood.  The Patriot Guard, Shrine Club, Scouts Clubs and many more organizations participate in this celebration of honor.  Come on down to Pulaski County USA on Sunday, November 11th for a Veteran’s Day ceremony beginning at 2pm, followed by the parade at 2:30pm, and enjoy a day of honor, remembrance and American Patriotism!

Video provided by the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to announce the release of our new Veterans Memorial Tour Guide!  Enjoy a scenic drive throughout Pulaski County USA and visit the many Veterans Memorials that have been erected in honor of our service members.  You may download our tour as a PDF from our website or you may use the online map.  We hope that you have a fun and safe holiday weekend and don’t forget to thank your Veterans!

Photo provided by the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Have a great Veteran’s Day Weekend and don’t forget to Thank A Veteran!
Cassie Lemus
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau


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