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Dorchester County to Host Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Post Date:10/25/2018 10:00 AM

On behalf of the Veterans of Dorchester County, you are cordially invited to the Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on Monday, November 12th at 10:30 AM in front of the Dorchester County Human Services Building located at 500 N. Main Street in Summerville.

Summerville Mayor, Wiley Johnson, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired), will be the keynote speaker.

Following the conclusion of the ceremony, a reception will be held at:

VFW Post 3433
10154 Bellwright Rd.
Ladson, SC 29456

This rain or shine event is free and open to the public.

All questions should be directed to the Dorchester County Veterans Affairs Office at (843) 832-0050.

Why We Celebrate Veterans Day

Veterans Day was originally referred to and known as, Armistice Day - World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice (temporary cessation of hostilities), between the Allied nations and Germany, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918 (Armistice Day) is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 AM.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a federal holiday— to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day" to honor veterans of World War I.

In 1954, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938, striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated "In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose."