Northwood Honors Veterans with Heartfelt Remembrance

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The tribute will be held Saturday, November 10th.

November 9, 2012

Northwood University Florida campus faculty, staff, students and friends will share solemn remembrance and pay tribute to our nation's veterans while attending a Veteran's Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, November 10th.

Retired Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Robert Hunter will serve as the keynote speaker, and the Palm Beach Sheriff Office (PBSO) color guard will present our nation's colors.

The event will be held at Northwood's Edwards Bell Tower and Plaza at 3:30 pm and take place prior to the Florida Seahawk basketball team's 5 pm second home game of the year against Trinity College. Pre-game activities will begin at 2:30pm and include candle and postcard tributes to veterans, trivia, face painting, balloon artistry, and more. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

According to the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs, an Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation" which stated: "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."