Veterans ceremony Nov. 11

November 2, 2013

A Veterans Day observance is set Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Granbury Cemetery. The 30-minute ceremony will include representatives from all military services, the Granbury High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC, the Hood County Judge and others.

A fly-over of local airplanes is planned to begin the event.

“The public is invited to attend to show their honor and respect for our many deserving local veterans from World War I to the present,” said Phil Newsom, of the recently-formed Greater Granbury Council of Veterans Organizations.

The council is hosting the ceremony to honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who are now serving, or have served, in the armed forces.

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to commemorate the end of World War I, which officially took place on Nov. 11, 1919. As such, the holiday recognized the sacrifices of only World War I veterans.

Through the years, however, Nov. 11 has become a day to officially honor American veterans of all wars.

Memorial Day, observed in May, honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.

“Veterans Day, while also honoring deceased veterans, is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military – in wartime and peacetime,” Newsome noted.

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