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7 Veterans Day Celebrations Across the Country

By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 08:05 AM

Every year Americans come together on Veterans Day, November 11, to honor the brave men and women who’ve fought for their country.

According to History.com, the tradition got its start in 1938 when the day was officially declared a federal holiday to commemorate the lives lost during the First and Second World Wars, as well as the Korean War.

Before that, however, the day was observed as Armistice Day to commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when a temporary ceasefire, or armistice, was declared between Germany and the allied nations fighting in World War I.

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Today, events are held around the country to commemorate the day and pay homage to lives lost in combat.

Here are seven Veteran Day celebrations being held across the county in 2017:

1. America’s Parade, New York — Otherwise known as the New York City Veterans Day Parade, America’s Parade is touted as the biggest in the country.

More than 30,000 participants will march north on Fifth Avenue from 26th Street starting at 11:15 a.m., and this year’s featured branch is the United States Air Force.

Spectators are invited to gather along the route to watch the parade and can also attend the preceding Opening Ceremony at Madison Square Park beginning at 10 a.m.

2. 9/11 Heroes Run, Houston, Texas — Traditionally this event is held on September 11, but it was postponed this year because of Hurricane Harvey. The organizers have used this opportunity to honor all veterans by moving the 5k race to Veterans Day.

The run will start at 8 a.m. and all proceeds from this year’s registrations will go towards the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Visit the 9/11 Heroes Run website to register.

After the run, visitors can also attend a traditional Veterans Day Ceremony at City Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

3. Events in Washington, DC— There will be at least 11 events happening around Washington on November 11, according to TripSavvy.

Probably the most notable is the National Veterans Day Ceremony held annually at the Arlington National Cemetery, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The event starts at 11 a.m., but visitors are asked to arrive early as seating is limited.

Other Washington, D.C., events include the Vietnam Women's Memorial on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the same venue at 1 p.m.; the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at the Arlington Cemetery at 3 p.m.; and the National Cathedral Veterans Day Tribute Concert at the Washington National Cathedral at 7 p.m.

4. Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade, Dallas, TexasAccording to Military.com, veterans in Dallas will host a ceremony at City Hall at 11 a.m. on November 10, followed by the a parade honoring veteran of the Gulf War.

Visitors can arrive at City Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m. to view a military vehicle and equipment display.

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5. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Veterans Day Celebration, Simi Valley, Calif. —This annual event takes place on November 10, and this year’s program will include live entertainment, a documentary screening, a book signing, and a civil war encampment between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Keynote speaker Bryan Anderson will officially open the day’s proceedings at 11 a.m., followed by the screening of "The Weight of Honor" at 12 noon.

Tickets can be reserved at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and institute website.

6. Penn State Veterans Day Ceremony, University Park, Pennsylvania — The Penn State Student Veterans Organization will host its official Veterans Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on the steps of Old Main on November 10.

Before a 21-gun salute, the ceremony will include addresses from distinguished speakers like Retired Navy Vice Admiral James Houck, Penn State’s Military Law Caucus President Chuck Deibel, and Penn State’s Veterans Fraternity President George Oliver.

7. The Bastrop Veterans Day Car Show Weekend, Bastrop, Texas —The free festival takes place on November 10 and 11 and, according to Everfest, visitors can look forward to a display of more than 350 hotrods and classic cars, a street fair, live music, and even a rock 'n' roll costume competition.

Visitors can also expect a tribute ceremony and the TX Ranger Memorial Cross Dedication.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

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