Veterans Day ceremonies scheduled at Fort Logan, Littleton memorial

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Two Veterans Day ceremonies, one in Littleton and one at Fort Logan National Cemetery, will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 honoring those who have served or are serving in the military.

The Littleton ceremony will be held at the World War II memorial at Ketring Park, 6000 S. Gallup St.

The Littleton ceremonies are sponsored by Pat Hannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4666 and George C. Evans American Legion Post 103.

The ceremonies at Fort Logan National Cemetery, along Sheridan Boulevard south of U.S. 285, are sponsored annually by District 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and are held in the open area adjacent to the lake and at the base of the main flagpole. There will be a VFW honor guard representing many of the metro area posts to present the colors as well as the flags from their posts.

Veterans Day speakers at Fort Logan include Brig. Gen. Dana Tapozzella, assistant adjutant general of the Colorado Army National Guard and Leroy Chavez, commander of District 10 of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars.

The events including laying of a ceremonial wreath and flowers at a symbolic headstone, followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. An array of horn players will be stationed around the lake and play the echo version of Taps.

When the Fort Logan ceremony ends, lunch will be served at Verle Huffman VFW Post 9644, 2680 W. Hampden Ave.

The nation began honoring veterans in 1926 when Armistice Day was held for the first time to remember the event that ended the World War I and honor those who served. That is when the tradition began to hold the ceremony on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the same time, day and month when the firing ended in World War I.

In 1938, it was declared a national holiday. In its early history, Armistice Day was focused on honoring World War I veterans. In the early 1950s, Congressman Edwin Rees of Kansas proposed changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and making it a time to honor all those who served in the armed forces, and in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill, making Nov. 11 Veterans Day.