Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, 2007. The Federal Holiday will be taken on Monday, November 12, 2007. My grandfather, Mr. Robert Chandler Ray, proudly served in World War II in the 134th Infantry Regiment. On Veterans Day, he grows quiet as he thinks of the companions, friends and family he lost during the war. I am blessed to have an Oral History that my son, Chris DeRepentigny, transcribed as part of a history project, because I was a girl...he didn't like to share his war stories with me.
Veterans Day Celebrations in Athens, GA 2007:
Write Around Home Luncheon - Friday, November 9, 2007 at 12 noon - Dan Magill, Captain, USMCR, featured author, will be reading from his new book "High Port! Haul Ass! Marine Memoirs of World War II." Tickets (426.75) required, Contact the Athens Classic Center for more information.Thanks for Our Freedom veterans' appreciation day - Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 10:30 am - hundreds of people are expected to attend at Pittard Park on Parkview Drive (behind the train depot) in Winterville, Georgia. Any military veteran is invited to the event, which includes lunch free of charge for veterans and family members. The scheduled speaker is former U.S. Army Capt. Tommy Clack, a triple amputee who fought in the Vietnam War. Organizers ask that those who plan to attend call ahead if possible. They can call Ted Ridgeway at (706) 540-5675, Jim Kiney at (706) 742-7075, Kenny Hodges at (706) 224-4227 or Eddie Mims at (706) 338-8585.
Cycle World of Athens Veteran's Day Ride-In - Sunday, November 11, 2007- Come ride with Cycle World of Athens this Veterans Day 2007 (Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2007). Ride leaves from CWA at 9:30am and travels to Atlanta to be part of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade. This is a "FREE RIDE" and all bikes are welcome. Come out a show your patriotism and appreciation for all who served our great country! Contact Mike Newell of Cycle World of Athens for more info.
About Veterans Day:
Great Britain, France, and other countries celebrate November 11th as Armistice Day to commemorate the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918. Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on this same date.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war. In 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all United States Veterans. Today, in the United States, Veterans Day commemorates the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the United States military.
Take a day to honor the sacrifice the Veterans in your life have made!