World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, but fighting had stopped seven months earlier with an armistice that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on Nov.
11, 1919, as a day to reflect on the heroism of those who died in the countrys service during the war. Congress made Armistice Day a legal holiday in 1938, then changed the holidays name to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans of all wars.
Here are some events to mark this years Veterans Day on Friday:
Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. Parade starts at Fayetteville and Davie streets at 9:30 a.m., followed by a wreath-laying and ceremony at 11 a.m. on the north side of the State Capitol grounds. The theme: Welcome Home. We support you and well never forget your service and sacrifice.
The annual N.C. State University ROTC run to honor veterans will conclude at the Bell Tower at 6 a.m., with a ceremony to honor NCSU students and faculty who died in World War I. A representative of Compiegne, France, will present a wreath in thanks to those from Raleigh who died to protect their freedoms. At 10:30 a.m., the wreath and a small joint ROTC color guard will move from the Bell Tower to nearby Compiegne Park, where at 11 a.m. there will be another ceremony marking the signing of the Armistice in Compiegne and the relationship between the town and Raleigh.
The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts box office from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the Raleigh Public Affairs Department in room 218 of City Hall, 222 W. Hargett St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 996-3100.
Cambridge Village of Apex will host a WWII memorabilia show at 3:00 p.m., drawing veterans from throughout North Carolina and items collected while serving in Europe. Free and open to the public. At 4:00 p.m., there will be a short ceremony followed with a USO show to honor the men and women who served and are now serving in the armed forces.
A Veterans Day ceremony will be at 10:50 a.m. at the Cary Family YMCA, where veterans will be honored during the flag-raising ceremony.
A ceremony to retire unserviceable U.S. flags will be held at 1 p.m. at Franklin-Sloan Post 7383 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 522 Reedy Creek Road. Old flags may be dropped off at Post 7383 on any afternoon before the ceremony for proper disposal by incineration. For details, call 467-7231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 80 ROTC cadets and midshipmen will assemble in dress uniforms at 11 a.m. Friday for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill. The free public ceremony will be outdoors at the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Memory of Those Lost in Military Service, between Phillips (120 E. Cameron Ave.) and Memorial halls. If it rains, the program will be in Gerrard Hall, at 118 E. Cameron Ave.
This years speaker will be Navy Capt. Douglas Wright, professor of naval science for the N.C. Piedmont Consortium Naval ROTC, which governs ROTC at UNC, Duke University and N.C. State University.
The town of Garner and the Garner Veterans
Memorial Committee will honor those who have served and currently serve our country at 11 a.m. at Aversboro Road Baptist Church. This third annual event will feature music and a speaker. Admission is free.
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held from 10:30 to 11:11 a.m. at the Kraft Family YMCA in Holly Springs. The guest speaker will be Marine Corps. Maj. Dwayne Lancaster. Other guests include Pam Saulsby, USMC Color Guard and Armed Forces Spouse of the Year Bianca Strzalkow