"On the 11th hour, the 11th day, of the 11th month," was proclaimed Armistice Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918. Later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day proclamation with Nov. 11, 1954 becoming the first Veterans Day, a time when America honors American veterans of all wars.
The American Legion Post 323 of Lehigh Acres will host this year's Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park at 55 homestead Rd. in Lehigh and as usual the program starts exactly at 11 a.m.
Post Commander Jerry Sherlock said the entire program this year will be presented by Legion members. He said Bob Grayshaw and Dan Slazes will lead the organization's Honor Guard and Firing Squad.
"We not only want the families and veterans to attend, but we are inviting everyone in the community to come and attend the ceremony," Sherlock said. "It shows our respect and regard for all American veterans, those who have passed away and those who are living and those who are in harm's way overseas," Sherlock said.
"The hour, date and month marks the end of what is generally regarded as 'the end of the war to end all wars' but our soldiers have continued to fight for American freedom at faraway lands. We salute all those who have fought and those who are fighting today in Afghanistan," Sherlock said.
The Veterans Day ceremony comes five days after the General Election which will be held on Nov. 6. Both candidates, the incumbent President Obama and the challenger, Gov. Romney, have pledged to keep the American military strong.
"We want to remind people that the Veterans Day ceremonies are always at Veterans Park in Lehigh and the Memorial Day ceremonies in the spring are always held at the Lee Memorial Park on SR82. Some people get the two mixed up," Sherlock said.
Following the 11 a.m. ceremony, Sherlock said there will be a luncheon at the American Legion Post 323 at 1124 Ashlar Ave. It is for all who attended the ceremony.