Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
The day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.
Although it seems that for some, Veterans Day means special savings at car dealerships and local merchants, the best way to celebrate is by taking some time out of your day to honor the veterans from past conflicts and the men and women who are presently serving our country.
In Orange, the Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Walk in front of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. Bring your children, so they can understand the importance of the day. The weather is predicted to be warmer than the last couple of days (55 degrees).
Traditionally, the ceremony is brief, and no matter what the weather, it’s a wonderful way to recognize the significance of the day and an opportunity to thank the veterans in attendance and honor those who can’t be there.
I’ll be honoring my Father, Richard Haas, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War; my Uncle, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Nalewaik who served in Vietnam; and my nephew, Major David Haas, a Top Gun Pilot who’s proudly served in the Marine Corps for 19 years so far. He’s is currently a flight instructor, classified as a Naval Aviator. I’m so proud of all of them.