This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ultimately concluded World War I.
Ever since November 11, 1919—one year after the peace agreement—Armistice Day has been observed as a national day of remembrance in all Allied nations.
In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace.
The stated purpose of the new holiday was “to thank all veterans who have served the United States of America.”
The following is a listing of activities that will be going on over the weekend and Monday in Scotts Bluff County.
— 8 a.m., Coffee, Western Nebraska State Veterans Home, 1102 W. 42nd St.
— 11 a.m. Veterans Day Parade on East Overland in Scottsbluff. The parade will move westbound along East Overland from 19th Avenue to 3rd Avenue. A flyover by AirLink will kick off the parade.
— 11 a.m., Veterans Day Parade, Alliance, sponsored by Alliance American Legion Post #7 and Box Butte County Veterans Service Office. Information: Steve Stanec at 308-760-5709
— Noon, Luncheon for Veterans Day parade participants, VFW Post #1681.
— 6:30 p.m., VFW Post #1681, at 6:30 p.m. VFW Post #1681 is located at 2710 N. 10th St. in Gering. Lt. Col. Jeffrey M. Johnson USAF (Retired) will speak.
— 1:30 p.m. Veterans Day Program, Western Nebraska State Veterans Home.
For more information about participating in the parade, contact the Scotts Bluff County Veterans Service Office at 308-436-6643.
— 8:30 a.m., Veterans day Program, Gering Junior High and Freshman Academy, Gering Junior High Gym.
— 10 a.m. Veterans Day Program, Kimball High School
— 11 a.m., annual Veterans Day Program, Gering American Legion, 1425 Ninth St.
The program will include recognition of 30- and 35-year continuous members of the Gering Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 36, current Legion members who are veterans of the Persian Gulf War on terror, and all veterans.
Gering Mayor Tony Kaufman will speak. A complimentary chili luncheon will be served following the program.
All veterans and their families are invited to attend.