UNDATED (KTRE) - President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 12, 1919, following the end to the main hostilities of World War I, which were finished at the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with Germany signing of the Armistice.
Congress replaced "Armistice" with Veterans on November 8, 1954 and it has been recognized as Veterans Day since.
The national recognition is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade and remarks by veterans' organizations and dignitaries.
In East Texas there is a slate of activities scheduled for Thursday in observance of Veterans Day. Below are some of the programs and events:
Nacogdoches County Courthouse 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Special tribute to Korean War Veterans
Huntington High School 10 a.m. 13th annual Veterans Day Program Guest Speaker State Rep. Jim McReynolds
Diboll Temple Elementary Gymnasium 10 a.m. Special tribute to all veterans
Hudson High School Gymnasium 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for veterans 10 a.m. Ceremony to honor all veterans
San Augustine Museum Theatre Downtown 11 a.m. – noon Program at the Theatre with a special wreath laying ceremony to follow at the courthouse
Lufkin Brandon Elementary 1:30 p.m. Veterans will be making their donations for Socks for Soldiers Pineywoods Community Academy 2 p.m. Musical presentation in honor of area veterans
Chireno High School Gymnasium 2 p.m. Veterans Day observance for all veterans, friends, community
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