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Veterans’ Day in Eldred

TRR photo by David Hulse

November 16, 2016

ELDRED, NY — More than 100 persons gathered around the 911 Monument at Hero’s Park in Eldred on November 11 for the annual observance of Veterans’ Day. Highland resident and Sullivan County Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Peter Carmeci said ceremonies were organized jointly by the VFW and the Sylvan Liebla Post of the American Legion, both of which provided color guards. Ceremonies included remarks from pastors from four local churches, a gun salute and the playing of taps. Attendees were invited to partake of refreshments inside the town hall following the ceremonies.

Veterans’ Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was established as a national holiday in 1938, in remembrance of the end of hostilities in World War I, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans’ Day in 1954.

Veterans’ Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day—a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans’ Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.