By Scott Bolthouse
About 80 people attended a ceremony held in New Boston on Saturday, Nov. 7 to honor veterans from both past and present.
The event was hosted by members of the VFW, the American Legion and the Huron Township Rotary and was held at the veterans memorial downtown.
“I am so glad to see the youth of the community involved in such a worthwhile event. It teaches them about the sacrifices made by our veterans to guarantee the freedoms they enjoy,” said Trustee R.P. Lilly.
The ceremony featured speakers from various veterans groups, the playing of patriotic music and a wreath and flag ceremony.
Veterans Day, which is observed every year on Nov. 11, was first proclaimed as Armistice Day in 1919 by then President Woodrow Wilson, following the cessation of WWI hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany that went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
On June 1, 1954, legislation was passed to mark Nov. 11 as a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Veterans Day ceremony in New Boston. All photos courtesy of Rod Hopper.