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Veterans Day honors those who served
At the close of World War I, on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany began in the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month.
Photo by Ralph Stewart
The Uniform Holiday Bill signed into law in 1968 included Veterans Day as one of four holidays to be celebrated on Mondays. However, the first Veterans Day, celebrated on Oct. 25, 1971, caused so much confusion and controversy that in 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a public law returning the annual observation of Veterans Day to Nov. 11.
While Veterans Day also honors those who died, it is a day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime.
Veterans' Day events
American Flag Set-Up 7:30 am, Oak Grove Cemetery, Pine St. and State Rd., Vineyard Haven. Volunteers needed to help American Legion Post 257 put up flags. Flag removal, 3 pm. 508-693-9257.
The following Island veterans died since last November: