MARQUETTE — World War I ended during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The next year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th to be Armistice Day to mark the occasion. In the 1950s, the annual event became Veterans Day to honor everyone in America who has ever put on a military uniform.
There are plenty of Veterans Day observances in the U.P., but the one at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette may be the best-known of the bunch.
“It’s really showing respect for our fellow veterans, and our brothers and sisters from (World War I, World War II,) the Korean (War), the Vietnam (War) and our veterans that are now serving overseas in the Middle East,” Johnny DePetro said.
Besides being a former Marquette mayor and newly–elected Marquette County commissioner, DePetro is a also Vietnam veteran. He’s been part of the color guard for the Jacobetti Home ceremony for many years.
“These veterans that are here at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans are really enjoying their stay here, and they’re treated with respect 24/7, so I really appreciate that,” he said.
During the ceremony, the Forgotten Eagles would have presented the home with $6,000 from recent fundraising efforts, but the harsh weather prevented them from attending. The nonprofit group counts many veterans among its members.