In keeping with a tradition that goes back to the end of World War I in 1918, a small but fervent group of former warriors and friends formed up outside Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8093 in DeBary at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to pay homage to Americans who have served in the armed forces in peace and war.
What is now known as Veterans Day was first observed as Armistice Day, when the guns became silent along the Western Front of the war that was supposed to end wars.
Germany officially surrendered to the Western Allied Powers, marking the end of a war that had started in 1914. In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed Nov. 11 would henceforth be Veterans Day, in tribute to all Americans who have served in all of the nation’s wars, from the Revolutionary War to the most recent and latest conflicts.
The rather brief and simple ceremony in DeBary drew a light crowd of mostly middle-aged and older folks, many of whom served in the Vietnam War era.
The program featured prayers for the protection of those now serving in the U.S. military, along with raising the Stars and Stripes, the sounding of taps, and a rifle salute fired by the post’s honor guard.