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75th anniversary of Armistice Day recognized by VFW

November 13, 2013 by

Lakeview’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4070 helped celebrate a key anniversary related to Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

This year marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Armistice Day, which was first established to mark the armistice with Germany following World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

As narrated by VFW Post Commander Greg Randolph, the occasion was not recognized as a federal holiday until May 13, 1938, though President Woodrow Wilson had recognized the first Armistice Day in November 1919.

A hearty and patriotic public turned out for the occasion, listening and learning as Randolph traced the history of the holiday and its significance today.

VFW Chaplain George Middleton read a prayer in dedication to veterans everywhere, past and present, followed by a firing salute by the VFW.

Marine Corps veteran and VFW member Ken Kestner closed out the ceremony with taps as a fitting, solemn cap to the memory of veterans everywhere.

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