Veterans Day: A Time to Remember and Recognize Our Nation's Heroes

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice—or the temporary stoppage of fighting—was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning in 1919, November 11 became a federal holiday in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to recognizing and honoring the brave men and women who defend and have defended our country.

On Veterans Day, patriotic events occur throughout the United States. Most notably, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year 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 of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries.

Here are some of the events and special offers in the Upstate for Veterans Day 2017: 

November 8th-9th: Complimentary Chiropractic Visits for Veterans, Sherman College; call for appointment

November 8th: Southern Wesleyan University Veterans Service, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

November 9th: Spartanburg Veterans Breakfast, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

November 9th: Greenville Tech Veterans Day Celebration, 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

November 9th: Spartanburg Veterans Day Parade, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

November 10th: Free Dentistry Day for Veterans, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

November 10th: Veterans Recognition Dinner, Simpsonville, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

November 10th: Veterans Day Performance, Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

November 11th: Free Veterans Day Open House at Military History Center of the Carolinas, Greenville, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

James Richardson is a freelance writer and the publisher of the Travelers Rest Tribune. When he's not writing, James enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children at any one of many places across the Upstate.