Veterans Day - November 11th
Joe Sadlier (Ketchikan),
Elroy Edenshaw (Ketchikan), Willard Jackson Sr.(Ketchikan),
Jim Van Horn (Ketchikan) & Isabella Brady (Sitka)...
a few of the many veterans of Southeast Alaska.
photos by Gigi Pilcher - graphic by M.C. Kauffman
This is Veterans Day and all
across the country, flags are flying and events will honor the
men and women who have served our nation so that we may live
in peace and security. The day has a special meaning, with many
members of the uniformed services on the ground in Afghanistan
and Iraq. Originally, the holiday was known as Armistice Day
and marked the end of World War I. By the time of the Korean
War, the name was changed to Veterans Day to include all those
who had served in the armed forces. Today, there are more than
26-million veterans in the U.S., about one of every eight adults.
The largest number, 8-million, served during the Vietnam War,
and about 6-million fought in World War II.
Veterans Day Message
Last day to file Nov. 14,
8:00 am - 10:00 am - Ketchikan's
American Legion Post will host a breakfast.
11:00 am - A march from the
American Legion Post to Centennial Parking lot for a ceremony...
Jim Van Horn will be the speaker.
Open house at the American
Legion Post until 1:00 pm following the ceremony.
President George W. Bush:
The willingness of
America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them
our lasting gratitude. On this, our Nation's 50th annual Veterans
Day observance, we celebrate and honor the patriots who have
fought to protect the democratic ideals that are the foundation
of our country.
When the armistice ending World
War I was signed on November 11, 1918, more than 4.7 million
Americans put down their arms and turned to the work of strengthening
our Nation. The end of that first global conflict was initially
commemorated as Armistice Day. In 1954, the Congress renamed
the day as Veterans Day to recognize all those who have served
in our Armed Forces.
Throughout our history, loyal
citizens from every corner of America have willingly assumed
the duty of military life. And time after time, in conflicts
across the globe, they have proven that democracy is mightier
than tyranny. From World War I and World War II, to the conflicts
in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, to the recent battles
in the war on terror, our military has built a great tradition
of courageous and faithful service. Our veterans have helped
bring freedom to countries around the world. Free nations and
peoples liberated by American troops are grateful for the long,
distinguished line of American veterans who have come to their
Today, our veterans inspire
new generations of Americans as we work to defeat terrorism and
advance peace. In respect for and recognition of the contributions
our service men and women have made to the cause of peace and
freedom around the world,the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C.
6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as
a legal public holiday to honor veterans.
Veterans & Remembrance
Governor Frank Murkowski:
Alaskans pause on November
11 to remember the men and women of our armed forces who have
given their time, energy, and dedication to defend America and
our way of life. Our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines,
and coast guardsmen have answered the call to duty and have served
their nation with unmatched loyalty, patriotism, and resolve.
For this we are humbly honored to call them our friends and neighbors.
In peacetime and in war, whether
here at home or on distant shores, our veterans have set the
standard for the world, as the military force of a peace-loving
nation. Here in Alaska, since 1867 when the Imperial Russian
flag was lowered at Sitka and the American Stars and Stripes
replaced it, the military has had an enduring presence in our
lives. Over the years, every branch of the U.S. military has
called Alaska its home, and protected our shores.
Today, we are home to more
than 20,000 active duty military forces, and more than 6,000
hard working, dedicated Alaska National Guard and Reserve members.
Alaska offers unmatched strategic location, military training
areas, a track record of innovation, and a special civilian-military
bond. America's missile defense system, now being constructed
in Alaska, will be operated by members of our Alaska National
Guard, taking our state's contribution to national defense to
an ever-higher plane.
We take the occasion on Veterans
and Remembrance Day to say thank you to the nearly 70,000 veterans
who call Alaska home. We also honor Alaskans and Americans who
have given their lives in defense of their nation. And we honor
our World War II allies - Canadians, British, and Russians, whose
final resting place is among Americans at our Fort Richardson
As we pause to reflect on Veterans
and Remembrance Day, we must not lose sight of our active duty
men and women, serving the United States around the globe. We
are grateful for their efforts, their sacrifices, and their dedication
to duty as they fight terrorism.
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