Archive for Thursday, November 9, 2006

Parade brings home Veterans Day

November 9, 2006

Congratulations to all the Lansing Educational Foundation Fund organizers and supporters of Saturday night's Blue Jean Ball. It was a huge success and great fun. The money raised goes into our own school district classrooms for needed supplies and equipment.

That being said, I want to switch to a more serious note regarding Veterans Day. Our Lansing Historical Museum, as of Nov. 7, has a new exhibit: "A Time to Remember: A Salute to Veterans." There are pictures and biographies about local servicemen and women. Also, come to the museum at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 when Lt. Col. Jennie Carignan will be a guest speaker. She is a student from Canada at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and will share Canada's traditions of honoring veterans. If you have not been to our museum, this would be a great time to come. Thanks to Laura Phillippi and her staff for putting this great exhibit together.

Originally Veterans Day was called Armistice Day, which honored only the veterans of World War I. On June 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower - who wished to honor all veterans of all wars - changed the name. In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. It soon became apparent, however, that Nov. 11 was a date of historic significance, so in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

The Leavenworth County Veterans Day parade will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. It is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi and is supported by the Fort Leavenworth military installation and local and state dignitaries, with taps at 11 a.m. and a flyover by the Iowa National Guard.

To all you veterans, shine up your medals and wear them with pride. This will bring Veterans Day home to all American citizens.

I'll see you at the parade.

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