In the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent to put an end to the Great War. It came to be known as Armistice Day, and in 1938 it became a national holiday.
In 1954, former General of the Army and then President Dwight David Eisenhower, signed into law an order changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and it has been known that way for over a half century.
Over the course of the next few days, area veterans will be celebrating and remembering this day in order to honor all those who have served and those who have died in the service of our country.
Locally, the Gonzales Veterans of Foreign Wars will be active. On Friday, Nov. 9 representatives from the VFW will be at East Elementary School to present the colors and 8:15 a.m.
Later that day at 10:30 a.m., the VFW and other veterans will be saluted at a special assembly at Gonzales High School.
A wreath laying ceremony honoring Nixon-area veterans will be held 2 p.m. at the Aphne Pattillo Nixon Public Library on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Gonzales High School NJROTC will be in attendance to post the colors.
On Monday, the local VFW will honor and pay homage to all who have served before with a special flag ceremony at the VFW Hall located just off of Harwood Road.