Two area Veterans Day events set

Ceremonies scheduled in Littleton and at Fort Logan on Nov. 11

Posted 11/6/17

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

The Littleton ceremony will be held at the World War II memorial at …

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Two area Veterans Day events set

Ceremonies scheduled in Littleton and at Fort Logan on Nov. 11

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Two Veterans Day ceremonies, one in Littleton and one at Fort Logan National Cemetery, will be held on Nov. 11 to honor 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., and the other ceremony will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd. Both ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m.

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 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.

The keynote speaker at the Fort Logan ceremony will be Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynn, and Colorado National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Jay Willis will deliver the Veterans Day address.

As part of the ceremony a ceremonial wreath and flowers will be placed at a symbolic headstone. That will be followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. An array of horn players will be stationed around the lake and will play the echo version of “Taps.”

November weather is fickle and can turn bad as it has the last two years. If that happens again this year the ceremony will be held at the planned time inside 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 that the agreement to cease fighting went into effect in 1918, spelling an end to 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.

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