For nearly a century America has recognized the men and women who have served the nation in the military on Nov. 11.
Originally known as Armistice Day, because the fighting in the war to end all wars ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of 11th month, although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until the next June.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day in November 1919. Congress made Armistice Day a legal holiday in 1938 as a day to honor World War I veterans, but in 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all who had served, including the veterans from World War II and Korea.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote, “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in common purpose … ”
In June 1968 Veterans Day became one of four national holidays celebrated on Monday, creating three-day weekends — Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day. President Gerald Ford returned the date of the Veterans Day observance to Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls on, beginning in 1978.
Susanville will celebrate Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11. The veterans will assemble at the National Guard Armory at 10:30 a.m. and take the first steps of the annual Veterans Day Parade promptly at 11 a.m. Main Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to noon for the parade.
Immedidately following the parade, the American Legion hosts a program at the Veterans Memorial Hall, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, signed Nov. 11, 1918. Jim Chapman is the guest speaker.
Following the program, veterans and the community are invited downstairs to share in a free lunch.
Paper, paper, where’s my paper?
Tuesday, Oct. 30 marked an uncomfortable first in the history of the Lassen County Times — the paper missed its planned distribution in the early morning hours.
Due to the failure of a vital piece of equipment used in the paper’s production process, the paper’s delivery was delayed until later Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday morning nearly 100 readers called to let us know they did not receive their copy of the paper and dozens more readers stopped by the office to pick up a copy in person.
We apologize for any confusion, disappointment or inconvenience our production problems may have caused for our readers, our advertisers and our community.
Thank you to all of you who read our paper every week.