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November 9, 2010 > Veterans Day

Veterans Day

By Fina Mora

World War I was the first major international conflict, involving countries around the globe. World War I formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 as the Germans signed the Armistice, thus naming this federal holiday "Armistice Day."

However, on June 1, 1954, congress changed "Armistice" to "Veterans" to honor all veterans, not just those that served in WWI. Veterans Day continues to be observed annually on November 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls on. Celebration on November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but also serves to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, "The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commencing precisely at 11:00 a.m. [with] a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns [to start] the ceremony 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."

Yet for those of us that cannot travel to Arlington for Veterans Day, several local events will commemorate the occasion.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Thursday, November 11
9 a.m.
Civic Center Plaza
(Flag behind City Hall)
455 Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3210

Applebee's Complimentary Entree
Thursday, November 11
11 a.m. - Midnight
Veterans and active duty military will need to provide proof of service
Fremont Applebee's
39139 Farwell Drive, Fremont
(510) 742-5442

Veteran's Day Ceremony
10:30 a.m.
Honor the veterans and families
Acacia Creek
34400 Mission Blvd., Union City
(510) 429-6479

Alma Via's Salute to Veterans
Monday, November 8 - Thursday, November 11
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Storytelling by Veterans

Thursday, November 11
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Honk if You Love a Veteran

Saturday, November 13
1:30 p.m.
Pack holiday care packages for soldiers

33883 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
(510) 489-3800

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