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On November 11th, the nation celebrates Veterans Day to honor all who have served in the military for the United States. Across America, various parades and ceremonies are held to celebrate the loyal services of our country’s armed forces.The date was chosen specifically because on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.Congress declared November 11th, Armistice Day, a national holiday in 1938. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
“We owe the freedom we enjoy to the veterans that have dedicated their lives to serving this country,” said Mayor Gonzalez. “The men and women of our military services deserve to be recognized for their courage, commitment and determination.”
This year, the City of Chicago Heights observed Veterans Day at an alternate location, and the event took place at Chicago Heights Park District Rec Center at 10:30 A.M. The Morning of Reflection recognized the members of our local veteran organizations as we honored the men and women of our armed forces who bravely served and sacrificed for our great nation.