By Felicia Farnsworth
Veterans Day falls on Thursday, November 11, 2021. Veterans Day is a federal holiday that is observed every year on November 11. Veterans Day evolved from Armistice Day, which was proclaimed in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop veterans of all wars.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower made November 11 the official national observance of Veterans Day after Kansas Congressman Ed Rees proposed the bill in Congress to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Armistice Day, now Veterans Day, was the day that marked the end of World War I, which was formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” and was first celebrated in 1918.
This year the theme for the 2021 Veterans Day poster is: “Honoring All Who Served.” The artist, Matt Tavares, wanted the viewer to look past the sentinel and focus on the tomb itself and the unknown soldiers who died in our nation’s service. Come rain or shine, hot or cold weather, the Tomb Guard carries out his responsibilities twenty- four hours a day, seven days a week, with unwavering dedication. Last year (2020) marked the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th anniversary of both the end of the Panama Invasion and the beginning of Desert Shield.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The memorial will be open to the public on Tuesday, November 9, and Wednesday, November 10, 2021. On Thursday. November 11, at 9:00 a.m., a joint full honors procession meant to replicate the elements of the World War I Unknown Soldier’s 1921 funeral procession, and a joint service flyover will commence.
The Wreath Laying Ceremony will follow this at 11:00 a.m. with President and First Lady Biden. The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Union Springs offers many services to Bullock County and Union Springs Veterans from all military branches.
The VA is located at 108 Baskin Street, Union Springs, AL 36089, and you can reach them at 334-738-3354. To all Veterans in Union Springs and Bullock County, thank you for your service.