Lassen County residents get the opportunity to thank the men and women who serve the country on Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11.
In Susanville, starting at 11 a.m. Monday, the annual Veterans Day Parade will start at the National Guard Armory on Russell Avenue and work its way up Main Street to the Veterans Memorial Hall. The public is invited to a ceremony, hosted by The Veterans of Foreign Wars William Davidson Post No. 2381, honoring local vets and their sacrifices for the country. Immediately following the parade, there will also be free lunch provided.
Early in the morning, the Lassen Community College baseball team hosts its annual free breakfast for veterans and their families from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Monsignor Moran Hall at the corner of Weatherlow and North streets.
For more information, call Glen Yonan at 310-1453.
Moreover, the Doyle Seniors host the South Lassen County Veterans Luncheon from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Doyle Community Center. Veterans and children under 12 eat free.
For more information, call Pat Sharp at 827-2271.
The history of Veterans Day
According to the Department of Defense website, Nov. 11 was originally called Armistice Day and commemorated the end of World War I. The war ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919; however, the fighting ended around seven months prior when the Allies and Germany put an armistice in effect on the 11th hours of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Nov. 11, 1918 was largely considered the end of the “war to end all wars.”
Congress officially recognized Armistice Day in 1926, and it became an official holiday in 1938.
However, following World War II and the Korean War, veterans service organizations urged congress to amend the commemoration to Veterans Day in 1954, according to the Department of Defense.