City of Hagerstown Advisory: Observing Veterans Day

City of Hagerstown Advisory
Observing Veterans Day

Hagerstown, MD (November 5, 2007)- Sunday, November 11, 2007 marks Veterans Day, a Nationally recognized holiday celebrating all of America's veterans spanning all wars. This day serves to honor those individuals who sacrificed and served their country with loyalty and devoted their lives to patriotism. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website, the holiday was initially known as Armistice Day, when on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month hostilities were temporarily suspended between the Allied nations and Germany during World War I. President Wilson thus named the eleventh day of November as a day to commemorate those who served in World War I. Later after World War II, President Eisenhower would augment the purpose of the holiday to include the celebration of all American veterans of all wars.
Hagerstown City Councilwoman Penny Nigh will honor Veterans Day by laying a wreath near the Veterans Monument on Memorial Boulevard on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 9am.
The Mayor of Hagerstown will take part in the observance of this very special day by joining with the Morris Frock American Legion Auxillary in front of the Washington County Courthouse at 95 West Washington Street in Downtown Hagerstown. Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II will speak at this service which begins on Sunday, November 11 at 11 a.m. "This program at the Courthouse consists of thirty different organizations laying wreaths as well as a special guest speaker, James H. Warner. Among his many credits, Mr. Warner served President Ronald Reagan during his second term as Domestic Policy Advisor," said acting Chair and Auxillary Treasurer, Betty Delauter.