2018 Statewide Veterans Day Events

Events List and Map

ODVA will be hosting a Statewide Veterans Day Celebration on November 11, 2:00pm at the WWII Memorial in Salem (intersection of Cottage St NE and Court St NE). Google Directions

The event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of hostilities during World War I, and the “100 years of Oregon Veterans” that followed. Featuring remarks by Oregon state Rep. and Air Force veteran Paul Evans and Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs’ Director and Army veteran Kelly Fitzpatrick. Also readings of WWI soldiers’ letters, a color guard, national anthem, laying of the wreath and the playing of “Taps” as we celebrate, honor and remember the achievements and contributions of all of Oregon’s veterans.

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History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day is observed on November 11 of each year to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice.

President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first “Armistice Day,” commemorating the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany which took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, ending the Great War. For the next several decades, Armistice Day primarily honored veterans of World War I.

In 1954, to reflect the involvement of American veterans in World War II and Korea, the name was changed to Veterans Day. President Eisenhower appointed a Veterans Day National Committee “to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary.”

For a brief time, the observance of Veterans Day moved from year to year to ensure three-day weekends akin to Memorial Day in an attempt to encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities. By 1978 the date of observance was restored to November 11, preserving the historical significance of that date in accordance with the desires of major veterans organizations and the American people.

Info from: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Flying the Flag on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is one of the national holidays on which the flag should be displayed.

FAQs about Veterans Day

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