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Birmingham City Councilors Encourage Residents to Join the Commemoration of Veteran’s Day Through Acts of Service

As we experience a turning point in our nation’s history, the Birmingham City Council is encouraging everyone to pay tribute through acts of service and honor those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. This year’s Veteran’s Day observance will begin with a Memorial Service on November 10th at 4:30 p.m. at Linn Park Downtown. Join Councilors and citizens from all over the nation and the State of Alabama for activities that will celebrate and pay homage to our beloved veterans all while recognizing the strength in our freedom that their dedication, faithfulness and sacrifice offer us each day.

Army Retired Veteran Councilor Sheila Tyson who will be a participant in the National Veteran’s Day Parade said it’s a crucial time in our country to recognize the significant contribution of those that have sacrificed their lives and as well as those that will continue to protect us. “With Birmingham having been the first state to launch the observance back in 1947, this is a perfect time for our communities to show our support,” Councilor Tyson said. “It is an honor to represent a part of history and pay tribute to our veterans on this special occasion of giving back through acts of service alongside the citizens of Birmingham.”

The parade will kick off on Friday November 10th in the heart of downtown Birmingham, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The route is as follows: Start on 18th St. and 9th Ave N. — South on 18th St. to 2nd Ave. N. — East on 2nd Ave N. to 22nd St.— North on 22nd St. to 5th Ave N. — West on 5th Ave. N. to 19th St.—North on 19th St. in front of City Hall— End at 19th St. and 10th Ave N.

 About the History of the Veteran’s Day Parade

While World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, until World War II required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history. In 1945, a World War II veteran from Birmingham, Alabama had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. It was Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, who led a delegation to Washington, DC urging then-Army Chief of Staff General Dwight Eisenhower to create a national holiday that honored all veterans. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation formally establishing November 11th as Veterans Day. In 1982, President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal as the driving force for the national holiday. Weeks led the first National Veterans Day Parade in 1947 in Alabama, and continued the tradition annually until his passing in 1985. For a list of events to volunteer http://nationalveteransday.org/events-schedule/. City Hall will be Closed on Friday November 11th in Observance of Veteran’s Day.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.