Veterans Day Observances

Today is Veterans Day, and many took time to honor and remember U.P. veterans and those still in uniform.

The Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette held a large tribute, as it does every year.

IN 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th a national holiday in honor of World War I veterans.

The Elks Club puts on the event each year.

The Forgotten Eagles group also presented the home with $5,000 from a recent fundraising effort.

But there were many other observances around the region as well.

One of those was in Negaunee.

Members of the Negaunee Veterans of Foreign Wars post held a quiet ceremony at the memorial wall right outside City Hall.

And it marks the culmination of a unique year for the group.

The post just marked its 75th birthday this past weekend.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day in the U.S., and it’s still called that in much of the world.

That’s because Germany signed the peace agreement that ended World War I at 11am back on November 11th, 1918.

In 1954, Congress changed Armistice Day’s American name to Veterans Day to honor those of all wars.