Friday, November 7, 2008

Veterans Day is November 11

Express Staff Writer

Wood River Valley Veterans Archie Levitan and Jim Hitson chat during the annual Veteranís Day dinner at the American Legion Hall. Photo by Mountain Express

Veterans Day honors all American veterans. It is a day for the country to celebrate veterans' sacrifices and service to the country over the years.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Wood River Valley veterans will gather for the annual Veteran's Dinner at the American Legion Hall in Ketchum.

"All members of the American legion are invited," said Post 115 Commander Maurice Charlat. "Our special guest will be Heidi Linehan from the University of Idaho, who will talk about a special education program for disabled vets."

The catered dinner by Sun Valley Resort will be first-come, first-served. Donations are always welcome.

The Wood River High School will also hold a Veterans Day Assembly at 3 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management will waive all recreation-related fees for veterans and military personnel and their families on Tuesday.

'This is a small but special way in which we can express our gratitude and our appreciation to them," said BLM Director Jim Caswell, himself a Vietnam veteran.

Veterans Day started just after World War I in France and England. Then known as Armistice Day, the U.S. followed suit in 1921, by laying to rest the remains of an American soldier on a Virginia hillside overlooking Washington, D.C., and the Potomac River. This site is now known as the Tomb of the Unknowns.

In 1926, Nov. 11 became the official date of Armistice Day. At exactly 11 a.m., each Nov. 11, a color guard made up of members from each of the military branches attends a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. And the president lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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