On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the City of Loganville will join American Legion Post 233 in hosting a Veterans Day event.
“There are more than 21 million veterans in the U.S., and while each and every day we should do more to show our appreciation to these special citizens, on Veterans Day we renew our willingness to honor those who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom and democracy,” said Loganville Councilman Rey Martinez, who served more than two decades in the military and will be leading next week’s event. “We are proud of the opportunity to join with the American Legion Post 233 to honor our veterans.”
This year’s event will focus in part on those who served in the Vietnam War, as this year marked both the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first U.S. combat troops as well as the 40th anniversary since the conflict came to an end. More than 47,000 servicemen from the U.S. were killed in action and another 11,000 died from noncombat-related deaths during the war. More than 150,000 additional personnel were injured and an estimated 10,000 remain missing in action.
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I. The U.S. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 calling for an annual observance celebrating veterans and Nov. 11 was designated as a national holiday in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday in 1954 from Armistice Day to Veterans Day and while it is designated as a time to celebrate all veterans – both living and dead – it is focused more on the living veterans who served in the U.S. armed services during both during war or peacetime.
“I looked up the definition of veteran for the first time ever recently,” said Stan Mauldin, who served in Vietnam and is currently senior vice commander with the American Legion Post 233 in Loganville. “Webster defines a veteran first as ‘old and experienced.’ Then I thought for a minute and said, ‘That sure fits me.’ Another definition is one who served in the armed forces. Well that is true of a small percentage of us also. A third definition is one that has served long in any position. Again my thoughts went to our folks that are committed even after serving in the military. These patriotic people continue to serve their country a long time after their service commitment by volunteering in supporting of many organizations. So I guess old Webster got it right again!
“Please join us all this Veterans Day in a ceremony of your choice, but if you can’t, then just simply call a veteran and say thank you for my freedom and keeping our great nation safe.”
Michael Lynch, former Loganville councilman and current captain in the U.S. Army, will be among the guest speakers. The event in Loganville will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday on the lawn outside City Hall, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to American Legion Post 233.
(This is a press release from the City of Loganville)