AMERiders wants you to Thank a Veteran This Veterans Day for Their Sacrifice and Service to our Country. Show them how appreciated they are. What is a veteran? A Veteran is a person who has had long service or experience in a particular occupation or field. A military veteran is a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Those veterans that have had direct exposure to acts of military conflict may also be referred to as war veterans. The Latter is what we celebrate on Veterans Day.
What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service. It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.
Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school. When Veterans Day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the preceding Friday may be designated as the holiday, whereas if it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the following Monday. Non-essential federal government offices are closed. No mail is delivered. All federal workers are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive holiday pay for that day in addition to their wages.
There are parades and many other different ways that Americans celebrate and Honor the Veterans of the US Armed Forces. We have listed a few below for you.That will be happening this year, consider attending one to Thank A Veteran.
Spelling of Veterans Day
While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website states that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”
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ABC gives a list
ABC posted a list online of various parades and events happening throughout the week and this coming weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. here are just a few the listed ways that you can Thank A Veteran in the Phoenix area.
Gilbert Veterans Day Ceremony (Nov. 9)
The Town of Gilbert will honor veterans with a ceremony on Thursday morning, Nov. 9 at the Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
There is be a presentation of colors ceremony, performances from local schools, and guest speakers. The music starts at 11 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. After the ceremony, food and drink will be provided. More information.
Scottsdale Veterans Day Commemoration (Nov. 10)
Veteran and author Marc Raciti will share his story at Scottsdale’s Veterans Day Commemoration on Nov. 10. The event is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.
Scottsdale historian Len Marcisz is scheduled to speak and the 108th Army Band Brass Quintet is scheduled to perform. Call 480-312-2312 for more information.
Tempe Veterans Day Parade (Nov. 10)
Tempe will host its 70th Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue. It will travel north on Mill Avenue to Tempe Beach Park near Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
Free parking will be available at 5th Street and Farmer, as well as the parking structure next to City Hall. More information.
Phoenix Veterans Day Parade (Nov. 11)
More than 45,000 people are expected in Central Phoenix to watch the 21st annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11. This year’s theme is “Silent Sacrifice Honoring Cold War Vets.” The parade will have eight veteran grand marshals representing each era of military service from World War II to present day. Actress Loretta Swit, best known for her role as Major Margaret Houlihan in the TV show, MASH, will be the celebrity grand marshal.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. near Central and Montebello and will go until 1 p.m. More information.
Parade route: Starts at Central and Montebello, travels south on Central to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th Street, south on 7th Street to Indian School Road.
ABC also posted some for Tampa, Florida
Here are a few ways that you can Thank A Veteran in the Tampa Area from the ABC list.
The 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade hosted by Ruskin Memorial VFW Post 6287 will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11 in Apollo Beach. Get more info here.
The Polk County Veteran’s Council is hosting the Lakeland Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. The parade and activities will start at 10 a.m. with a ceremony in Veteran’s Memorial Park located at 141 Lake Beulah Drive in Lakeland. Get more info here.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Freedom Fest in New Port Richey is a community event with commemorations for veterans, as well as family-friendly activities for all. The Festival will run Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 at Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey. Get more info here.
The City of Safety Harbor, American Legion Post 238, and Veterans Foreign Wars Post 10093 will host a Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Safety Harbor Marina. Get more info here.
The City of Tampa is holding their 53rd Annual Veterans Day Tribute, a salute to military men and women from all branches of service at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum on Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. Get more info here.
The Tampa VA Hospital is hosting a Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. with a ceremony and parade at 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. at the Fisher House. Free and open to the public. Get more info here.
Other parades etc.
To find parades and events you can search your local papers and even online for local information usually Veterans day events near me or Veterans day event in (put your city here) will give you a list of information for you.
AMERiders however, wants to personally thank our Veterans for their service that they gave for their country. You are a Hero to us.
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AMERiders wants you to Thank A Veteran this year for their Service.
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