Crowd gathered at the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building on Veterans Day 2014

To the Editor:

Veterans Day, an official U.S. public holiday observed annually on Nov. 11, honors military veterans — persons who served in the U.S. armed forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries, and marks the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Major hostilities were ended formally at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, so President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-97, which in 1978 returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11.

This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls, which preserves the historical significance of the date and helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day — a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Arlene Sutton

Americanism Chairman

Hyde Park VFW 7779 Auxiliary

Morristown American Legion 33 Auxiliary

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