Honoring Our Veterans

 

National Veterans Day 2020 | Wednesday, November 11

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Veterans Day Posters

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans Administration
will not be mailing individual posters this year.
The electronic version of the poster is free
and available for download
, and may be printed at your local printing shop.

The History of Veterans Day

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 with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

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.

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

 

Resources

Fort Logan National Cemetery  https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftlogan.asp

Pikes Peak National Cemetery    https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/PikesPeak.asp

Veterans Memorial Cemetery   https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmva/veterans-memorial-cemetery-1

 

Remember and Honor
Collects and records veterans' stories and archives at local library and Library of Congress
Brad.hoopes@rememberandhonor.com
Phone: (970) 631-2027
Learn more at http://rememberandhonor.com

Military Honors

Honor Bell Foundation
Michelle Mallin, Executive Director and Co-founder
Non-profit organization that presents Bell Honors ceremony for veteran burials at Fort Logan and Pikes Peak National Cemeteries.
Request Bell Honors: https://www.honorbell.org/requests
Phone 720.282.9182
Learn more at www.honorbell.org

Patriot Guard Riders
Founded in 2005 to shield families of fallen heroes from those that would disrupt the funeral services of their loved one, the Patriot Guard honors first responders as well as our military veterans.
To request PGR for services in Colorado, State Captain Jim Herstein: Jwherst@aol.com or 303-518-8790
Learn more at https://www.patriotguard.org/

 

Rocky Mountain Honor Flight  https://rockymountainhonorflight.org/

Wreaths Across America  https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/

Assistance for Deceased Military Retirees  https://www.buckley.af.mil/Units/Retiree-Activities-Office/

Veterans Plaza, Fort Collins  https://veteransplazanoco.org/

Colorado Freedom Memorial  https://coloradofreedommemorial.com/

War Rose Memorial Garden  http://www.ssprd.org/war-memorial-rose-garden

Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum   http://www.broomfieldveterans.org/

The Greatest Generations Foundation  https://www.tggf.org/

Wounded Warrior Project  https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/