Dear Veterans, Thank you for your service. With Our Deepest Gratitude, The City of Ilwaco

Do you know the history of Veterans Day? The roots go back nearly 100 years.

Fighting during WWI stopped in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 due to an armistice between the Germans and the Allies and in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day.

In 1926 a resolution passed by Congress called for November 11 to be remembered every year “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”

In 1954, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day and although it wasn’t always celebrated on November 11th, in 1975, President Gerald Ford said in a statement that he felt “restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 will help preserve in the hearts and lives of all Americans the spirit of patriotism, the love of country, and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good symbolized by this very special day.”

Across the United States, Veterans Day is observed with parades, such as the one that will take place Saturday in New York City, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and many restaurants and businesses are offering special promotions for veterans. Check out this link for some interesting discounts:

Closer to home on Saturday there will be: free admission to all Washington State Parks, National Parks, and zoos; a Veteran’s Day Ceremony and Re-dedication of Patriot Hall at Clatsop Community College in Astoria from 10:30-1:00!/details/Veteran-s-Day-Ceremony-and-Re-dedication-of-Patriot-Hall/4135475/2017-11-11T10; and the Long Beach Elks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Don R. Grable Post #48 of the American Legion and Auxiliary will host a free lunch for veterans (anyone who served in the armed services at any time), active duty persons and their families, and community members . The guest speaker will be Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips and all are invited to attend at the Elk’s Lodge in Long Beach (for more information, call Post Commander Teresa Bryan at 360-642-2041 or Unit President Marlene Quillin at 503-338-8882).

Please take this opportunity to thank the Veteran’s in your life and our community.