Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It has its origin in remembering the end of World War I and the brave Americans who served in the “war to end all wars.”
“What we now call ‘Veterans Day’ began as ‘Armistice Day.’ It is historically significant that this day continue to be observed on the month, day and hour that the guns fell silent in World War I at exactly 11:00 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918,” Bob Santo, commander of American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 said.
While the day has strong historical roots, current events continue to add meaning to the day.
“Today, thousands of Americans are serving in uniform. They sacrifice in the war on terror and in hundreds of locations around the globe so we may remain free. They, too, are veterans, Santo said.
To mark Veterans Day in Greenlawn, American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244, will conduct its annual Veterans Day Observance at 11:00 am on November 11, 2012 at the Greenlawn War Monument in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The park is located at the corner of Pulaski Road and Broadway in Greenlawn. The public is invited to attend to help honor and pay tribute to those who have served our Country.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans organization. Founded early in 1919, the delegates to the first National Convention in Minneapolis broke from business sessions to parade down a main street in a heavy snowstorm at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 to mark the anniversary of the armistice.
Contact: Bob Santo, Post 1244 Commander.
Cell phone 516-458-7881.