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Datebook: November 11 – Veterans Day

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Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Later, in 1926, Congress passed a resolution for another proclamation to observe November 11. An Act approved in 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

 

It’s Friday, Veterans Day

Veterans Day Activities at Murray State:

– 1:00 p.m. – Lovett Auditorium Front Steps – Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the Office of the President and MSU Veterans Affairs Office, including a presentation of flags by our ROTC color guard, the National Anthem performed by the MSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble brass section, and a Veterans Day remembrance and recognition.

– 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Open House Reception at the Veterans Student Lounge – Drop in as convenient for refreshments during a reception to officially inaugurate the opening of the Veterans Student Lounge, located in Alexander Hall Room 300.

– 4:15 – Veterans Day Parade – Plan to join the City of Murray and local veterans organizations in celebrating with a parade that will begin at 10th and Main Street and continue east to the Court Square for an official ceremony and salute.

Mayfield’s First United Methodist Church has its Christmas Open House for Missions tomorrow from 9 to 2.

Tomorrow Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center celebrates Easter Seals West Kentucky artist Nancy Loving as Artist of the Month with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. which coincides with the opening of the Yeiser’s Member’s Show. The 55th Annual Telethon of Stars opens at 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Carson Center.

Josh Williams & Friends, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, The Dorians and Kailey Stone perform a free Roots 2 Concert at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Auditorium next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The 42nd running of the Cairo Levee Footrace starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary’s Park in Cairo. Entrants must assemble by 10:30. The 3.1 and 6.2 mile races are on gravel along the Mississippi.

The McCracken County Extension Homemakers Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center on Park Avenue.

We salute our military with thanks. See wkms.org for more weekend events.

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