Veterans Day Events
November 11th, 2017
Veterans Day World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or 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, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "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…"
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 a.m.
The Dayton VA is hosting Veterans Day events. A Veterans Day ceremony will begin in the lobby of Bldg. 330 at 11:00 AM. All public are welcome. The United State Air Force Band of Flight from Wright Patterson Air Force Base will be there providing the National Anthem and other patriotic music. Skyline Chili will provide their one-of-a-kind Chili Cheese Coneys for all those in attendance. Dayton Area Chapter of Red Cross will be around the Dayton VA Medical Center supporting Veterans Day events at the Dayton VA Medical Center, please be sure to visit them.
Dayton VA Medical Center presents in conjunction with the following community partners:
United States Air Force Band of Flight
Dayton Area Chapter of the Red Cross