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Local ceremonies will salute service members for Veterans Day

Veterans Day will be celebrated at Cornelius Town Hall and elsewhere.

Nov. 7. On Nov. 11, all Americans who have served their country will be honored during Veterans Day ceremonies,

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day because it marked the one-year anniversary of the temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany during World War I.

That armistice went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

That’s why many Veterans Day events are held at 11 am on Nov. 11.

In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make Veterans Day an annual occurrence, but it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1938.

Name change

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day so it would honor all veterans rather than commemorate the end of a single war.

Memorial Day honors Americans who died in the line of duty, while Veterans Day commemorates all Americans who have served their country honorably, both living and deceased.

Veterans Day Program — Cornelius

11 am – noon | Nov. 11. The Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 hold a program at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn to honor military veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces.

The master of ceremonies will be Commander Randy Wally and the keynote speaker is Stewart Barbee, who served as a photographer with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

The W.A. Hough High School Concert Choir and Kasi Everhart will perform.

There will be a 21-gun salute, a Wreath of Remembrance, POW/MIA Empty Chair ceremony and more.

Veterans Day — Davidson

11 am | Nov. 11. The Town of Davidson hosts a ceremony to honor military veterans outside Town Hall.

The program will feature a keynote address from Davidson College graduate and Army Green Beret Veteran D.G. Martin. The ceremony will also include the Hough JROTC and music from Sheena Geiger, Davidson College jazz musicians Patrick Brown and Sean Higgins, and the Davidson Day School band.

If the weather is bad,  the program will be moved to the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregational Care House, 218 Concord Rd.

Veterans Day Breakfast — Cornelius

7:30-9:30 am | Nov. 12.  Veterans and a guest are invited to a breakfast hosted by the  Exchange Club of North Mecklenburg. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. near Veterans Monument. RSVP by calling Beth Packard  704-562-4075.

Veterans Day — Huntersville

10 am | Nov. 12. The Town of Huntersville, American Legion Post 321 & Sons of the American Legion Post 321 will host the  7th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony.

The parade starts at 10 am, with a ceremony following at 11 am.

The 2022 Grand Marshal is Reuben Flax, a United States Marine who served from 1966-1970, a three-time Purple Heart recipient and a member of the NC Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

This year’s parade theme is Huntersville Honors Hometown Heroes. Award categories include Best Band, Best Performance Group, Most Patriotic Group, Best Themed Float, Best Adult Group, Best Youth Group, and Best JROTC Marching Unit.

The parade will lineup on North Maxwell Avenue. The parade will travel southbound on Hwy. 115 to Greenway Street, up Maxwell Avenue and end at Veterans Park, where the ceremony will be held.

The American Legion Post 321 will host a lunch for all veterans following the ceremony.

Veterans Celebration events — Mooresville

The Mooresville Veterans Celebration is a multi-day celebration to show love and support for our veterans.

9 am | Nov. 7. Flag processional and ceremony. Welcome Home Veterans Living Museum to Town Hall.

9 am – 2 pm | Nov. 9. Blood drive in front of Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum, Main Street.

10 am | Nov. 11. Liberty Village Project: Come to 220 N.  Maple St. to  hear an announcement about a new housing project to support veterans.

1 pm | Nov. 11. Veterans Parade, downtown Mooresville.,

11 am – 1 pm | Nov. 12. One Nation Under God Luncheon at Richard’s Coffee Shop, downtown Mooresville. Free BBQ lunch and live music.