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Posted on: November 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Veterans Day Services at the Veterans Memorial

Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park
Friday, November 11th, 2022
9:00 am

Join in the community celebration and recognition of Veterans, hosted by:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7507
American Legion Post 58
Marine Corps League Det. 1439 

Program Veterans Day

Veterans Day
Friday, November 11th, 2022
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is a day for recognizing those who have served in our nation's armed forces. 

Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day.  While the official designation of the name “Armistice Day” was not made by Congress until May 13, 1938, Congress passed a joint resolution on June 4, 1926 calling upon the President to issue a proclamation recognizing the end of World War I and stating, in part, “this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations”.  Armistice Day was also designated a legal holiday on May 13, 1938.

Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but, in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in the Nation's history; and, after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "Veterans."

In 1971, Congress passed a bill creating three day weekends by moving several holidays to either a Friday or a Monday.  Veterans Day was one of these holidays.  Fortunately, they saw the error of their ways and the date was restored to November 11th in 1975.

The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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