November 08, 2016
November 11, 1918 is the date that is generally regarded as the “war to end all wars”; Armistice Day. The original concept for this day was to observe with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. in order to honor veterans of World War I. On May 13, 1938, November 11th in each year became a legal holiday in the United States. United States’ flags were displayed on government buildings while the holiday was observed in schools and churches. Citizens of the United States held ceremonies in thanksgiving, and prayer as remembrance of the anniversary. World War II created a need for veteran services. November 11th became the day to honor and remember Veterans of all wars. Veteran’s Day is preserved to honor the historical significance, as well as honor the veterans who sacrificed their lives for the love of the United States.
The Veteran Affairs Office plans to honor veterans by hosting various events throughout the week. The schedule of events is as follows:
Wednesday, November 9th at 3:00PM:
Flag Retreat ceremony at the ASU flagpole on W Ave N followed by the dedication of two new memorials at ASU’s Memorial Oak Grove. Members of the ROTC Detachment 847 are sponsoring these events, which conclude with a candlelight vigil until midnight.
Friday, November 11th at 11:00AM:
Veterans Day Celebration in the University Center lobby! The celebration will feature a special tribute to Vietnam-era Veterans, along with patriotic presentations by several ASU veterans and students. Free patriotic buttons, stickers, and light refreshments will be available to attendees. Other activities include demonstrations on the handling of service dogs and proper interactions with the dogs and their owners. After the ceremony, ASU veteran students will also be invited to the VETS Center for lunch.
Saturday, November 12th:
Military Appreciation Day! Don’t miss the pre-game flyover by members of the Commemorative Air Force!! RamJam, free admission to the game for active-duty military and Veterans, and a special patriotic half-time show!!
We encourage all to celebrate this week and to take a moment to thank those who have served this great nation!