Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 11 a.m.
Galvin Middle School, Main Street
* Annually the American Legion leads this celebration by inviting veteran and their families to observe various honors.
History of Veterans Day
adapted from the Department of Veteran Affairs
Veterans Day annually falls on November 11 and marks the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change. On June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor all American veterans where ever and whenever they served.
2015 Memorial Tree Dedication
The Town of Wakefield will dedicate a Magnolia tree in honor of Wakefield women who served and sacrificed in the U.S. Armed Forces as part of our Veterans Day ceremonies.
The tree will stand as a permanent thank you to women veterans and be accompanied by a granite monument marking the location.