Guest article submitted by Jim Monteton–
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918 – an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War.
Since no one knew that there would be a sequel in 20 years, it was known as “the Great War” or the war to end all wars, but didn’t have a number.
Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans.
Unlike Memorial Day, it was not intended to just remember those that fell in battle. Instead it was a day to recognize all those men and women that have served over the course of 241 years of this nation’s existence. Whether the service was in war time or peace time or in foreign countries or at home, the veteran would be recognized on this day.
The veteran knows not what the situation will be when they sign the bottom line and raise their right hand and promise to support and defend the constitution. Peace time quickly can become war time.
Every year, Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights honors those that gave that served in the defense of their county. This year, the Veterans Day service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Sylvan Cemetery, 7401 Auburn Blvd.
If you plan to go:
2018 Veterans Day Ceremony
Date: Nov. 11, 2018
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Sylvan Cemetery
7401 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA
*This story was updated to with the revised time and schedule for the event, which was changed due to air quality concerns.