November 10, 2004
The tradition began after November 11, 1918, when at 11 am the Armistice was signed which ended the first World War. Thereafter, November 11 was celebrated as Armistice Day, with Congress making the date a federal holiday in 1938. After World War II, the date became known as Veterans Day, a change recognized by Congress in 1954, declaring it a day to honor all American veterans of all wars. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law for this day "to honor veterans...a day dedicated to world peace."
Events to honor all American veterans are planned in Ketchikan beginning with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Post 3 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am Thursday. Following the breakfast, there will be a parade from Post 3 to Centennial Hall for a brief ceremony which will begin at 11:00 am on November 11th.
8:30 to 10:00 AM Pancake Breakfast
10:45 AM - Parade from Post 3 to Centennial Hall
11:00 AM - Veterans Day Observance - Centennial Hall
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Open House at American Legion Post 3
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Buffet
Download Veterans Day Posters from the U.S. Veterans Administration: