There will be a Veterans Day Celebration Monday at the Walton County Veterans Memorial in Monroe. U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (Ga. 10) will be the guest speaker and Monroe Area High School band will provide patriotic music. The events will begin at 9 a.m. The Venterans Memorial is located outside the Walton County Government Buildings at 303 South Hammond Drive in Monroe.
A litle history: Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. The U.S. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 calling for an annual observance celebrating veterans and Nov. 11 was designated as a national holiday in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday in 1954 from Armistice Day to Veterans Day and while it is designated as a time to celebrate all veterans – both living and dead – it is focused more on the living veterans who served in the U.S. armed services during both during war or peacetime.
If you aren’t able to make it to a Veterans Day celebration, take time to thank a veteran you may know for his or her service to our country.