The original concept for the celebration of Veterans Day was observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m all across America. However, today we have a variety of services to honor our veterans but it is hard to say enough for those who have served. May you and all your families hear, "We appreciate your service!"
We also want to share some veteran heritage! Pictured is an article from Campbell County Tennessee newspaper that tells of a time when 9 brothers had served in the same branch of the sevice. Harry and Myrtle Lowe had 11 children, a girl, 9 boys, and one final girl. They all served in the navy from 1953 through the 1960's. In honor of their family having the largest group of siblings to serve in a single branch of the service, a flag was flown over the U.S. capital for 24 hours. They all returned home safely, and their mother was so proud of the flag, that she asked to be buried with it.
A little history of Veterans Day: In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th 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…" In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed "Armistice Day" to "Veterans Day."