Honoring those who served - Veterans Day, 2015 (includes area services)

Veterans Day services

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BIG PINE – The Big Pine American Legion Glacier Post 457 will commemorate Veterans Day on Wednesday. 
Activities will begin at 8 a.m. at the Big Pine Cemetery where American flags will be placed on each veteran’s headstone, followed by placing flags on veterans’ headstones at the Woodman Cemetery.  Volunteers are asked to come and participate in placing the flags to honor veterans. The public is invited to attend the service, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Big Pine Veterans Memorial located at the intersection of highways 395 and 168.   
Following the service, lunch will be served at the Big Pine Town Hall, for veterans, their families and guests. For more information, contact Rick, (760) 938-2319.
BISHOP – VFW Post No. 8988 will host its Veterans Day memorial service at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery. Ladies Auxiliary will host a reception with refreshments at the post, 484 Short St., after service.
LONE PINE – The Comrades of Lone Pine VFW Post No. 8036 is having its annual Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Whitney Cemetery. Lunch will be served at the post following the service at 481 S. Main Street.

The day was originally set aside to honor the veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11 a.m. on the day.

In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday for all.

However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all veterans and not just those of World War I.

In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" as a way to formally include all veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance.

Today, Veterans Day is a federal holiday, which many cities celebrate with parades and ceremonies.

In Washington, D.C., there are ceremonies throughout the city including a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.

Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve today.