Veterans Day is this Friday, November 11. There are several different programs throughout the week put on by our local Veterans of Foreign Wars out of Winlock.
Veterans Day is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the US Arms Forces, those still alive and those killed in our country's wars. This observance originated in 1919 on the first anniversary of the 1918 armistice that ended World War 1 and was known at that time as Armistice Day. It was commemorated in 1921 with the burial of an unknown soldier from World War I at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Virginia. Arlington Cemetery is a cemetery like none other.
It is the former home of Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis. During the Civil War, Mary Custis paid her taxes by proxy which was not allowed. The government then seized their home and turned it into a cemetery on June 15, 1864. It has been a national cemetery since that date. Some notable figures are buried at Arlington; Audie Murphy, Thurgood Marshall, John and Jackie Kennedy and many more. The Tomb of the Unknown Changing of the Guard will bring you to tears, it is an experience that is recommended to all who visit Washington DC. You will never forget this experience.
Here are the local events. All local veterans are invited and encouraged to attend any and all of these programs.
Please note: There are some time/date changes from earlier disseminated information.
Wednesday, November 9: Winlock Elementary Little Cards Gym at 9:00 a.m. and a second program at 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, November 10: Winlock High/Middle School at 8:30 am; All Toledo schools at Toledo High School gym at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, November 11: "Veterans Day At The Wall", Kemp Olson Park in Toledo at 11:00 a.m. Open to the public. Refreshments will be provided at the Toledo Senior Center immediately after this program.