Veterans Day 2012: Nov. 11

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WASHINGTON D.C. –  Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Brawley will celebrate Veterans Day Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at the Brawley Memorial Veteran’s Wall on Main Street. After the tribute to our local veterans, a candlelight service will be held to honor fallen hero, Capt. Scott Pace.