Where We Live: November 2021
Photo taken at the Wayne Spence Folsom Veterans Day Parade. This year’s 21st annual patriotic event begins at 9 a.m. on November 11 at the corner of East Bidwell Street and Montrose Drive and concludes at Folsom City Lions Park. A brief ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial near the parade finish. Visit folsom.ca.us for more info.
Veterans Day Facts
- Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the U.S. in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.
- In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
- In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
- Veterans Day commemorates veterans of all wars.
- Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).
- In Europe, Great Britain, and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.
- Every Veterans Day and Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery holds a memorial service. The cemetery is home to the graves of over 400,000 people, most of whom served in the military.