Fort Logan, Littleton among sites marking Veterans Day

This year's holiday is century milestone for end of World War I

Posted 11/3/18

A ceremony at the Littleton World War II memorial at Ketring Park, 6000 S. Gallup St., and a ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., mark Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, a day set …

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Fort Logan, Littleton among sites marking Veterans Day

This year's holiday is century milestone for end of World War I

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A ceremony at the Littleton World War II memorial at Ketring Park, 6000 S. Gallup St., and a ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., mark Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served and are serving in the military

Both ceremonies will be held at the traditional time, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — the time of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, exactly one century ago.

The Littleton ceremony is sponsored by Pat Hannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4666 and George C. Evans American Legion Post 103.

The ceremony includes comments by guest speakers, and the 21-gun salute will be fired by the All Veterans Honor Guard.

The ceremony at Fort Logan National Cemetery is sponsored annually by District 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and is held in the open area adjacent to the lake and at the base of the main flagpole. There will be a VFW honor guard representing many of the metro-area posts to present the colors as well as the flags from their posts.

Veterans Day speakers at Fort Logan include Lt. Gen. Christopher Coats, deputy commander of the Aerospace Command, and Canadian Consul Stephene Lessard.

In case of bad weather the ceremonies will be held at Verle Huffman VFW Post 9644 at 2680 W. Hampden Ave.

The VFW post also will be serving lunch after the Fort Logan ceremonies.

The events including laying of a ceremonial wreath and flowers at a symbolic headstone, followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. An array of horn players will be stationed around the lake and play the echo version of “Taps.”

When the Fort Logan ceremony ends, lunch will be served at Verle Huffman VFW Post 9644, 2680 W. Hampden Ave.

The nation began honoring veterans in 1926 when Armistice Day was held for the first time to remember the event that ended the World War I and honor those who served. That is when the tradition began to hold the ceremony on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, eight years after that was the time the the World War I Armistice took effect.

In 1938, it was declared a national holiday. In its early history, Armistice Day was focused on honoring World War I veterans. In the early 1950s, Congressman Edwin Rees of Kansas proposed changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and making it a time to honor all those who served in the armed forces, and in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill, making Nov. 11 Veterans Day.

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