Veterans Day 2010 celebrated in Juneau Thursday
Published: 11/11/2010 19:07:00
Today is Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day after the signing of the Armistice that ended World War one at the 11th hour of the 11th day or the 11th month in 1918. The day became a holiday in the USA the following year by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson, and is celebrated every year by ceremonies around the world to honor those who have fought in wars both past and present. In Juneau, the day was marked by events at Centennial Hall and the ANB Hall.
Howard Culbert of Disabled Veterans Chapter 4 welcomed attendees at Centennial Hall "We're here to celebrate all the veterans who wore uniforms. We'd like to thank those who walk before us, and we'd like to praise those who are in a combat situation right now: and may our thoughts and our prayers be with them."
The Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Paul Darling of the US Army reflected on the meaning of the day "Armistice Day, the end of "the war to end all wars". Foolishly, optimistically, named Armistice Day; that finally we'd be able to beat the swords into plows. Followed, not twenty years later, by the most horrific war in the history of the world: World War II. How little we learned, how little they took out of that Great War to realize that evil will exist in all its forms at all times, and must always be guarded by men with guns."
At the ANB Hall, Dr. Walter Sobeloff spoke about the risks and rewards of military service. "Every soldier said that 'I'm willing to lay down my life for my country'. I'm not asking you to today, on behalf of the veterans; to feel sorry, for the soldiers. It was an horror, it was an honor to defend democracy. Defend freedom."
By: Mikko Wilson - firstname.lastname@example.org