(Tampa, FL) – Veterans Day is a time to celebrate all the Veterans that have served our country. In honor of their dedication and service, many businesses will have ceremonies and freebies for food and many other things to honor veterans.
Take a look HERE for a list of all the local events and many local “Freebies.”
History of Veterans Day
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.
In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.
Below are thee National Veterans Day Ceremonies in the state of Florida. Three of these are in the Tampa Bay area. All will take place Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Ceremony: November 11 at 11:00 a.m. (Bay Pines Medical Center Hosting)
Florida National Cemetery
6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-7740 or 1074
Ceremony: November 11 at 11:00 a.m. (Assembly Area)
Jacksonville National Cemetery
4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Ceremony: November 11 at 9:00 a.m. (Flag Pole)
Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
Ceremony: November 11 at 3:00 p.m. (Patriot Plaza)