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Veterans Day ceremonies are planned to salute the military

Oct. 7. Huntersville is planning a Veterans Day parade and ceremony for Nov. 13.

The town, American Legion Post 321and Sons of the American Legion Post 321 will present the 6th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, Nov.13 at Veterans Park in downtown Huntersville beginning at 10 am.

Parade participant applications are due by Oct. 22. Fill out an application here.

The town is looking for photos from the community for the virtual “Wall of Honor.” Send  photos to Lindsay Small: email LSmall@huntersville.org or mail to Huntersville Parks and Recreation, ATTN: Lindsay Small, PO Box 2879, Huntersville NC 28070. If you have questions, call her at  704-766-2253 or email.

The parade lineup will begin on Maxwell Street. The parade will travel southbound on Hwy. 115 to Greenway Street, back up Main Street, ending at Veterans Park.

Line the streets to cheer on  parade participants and then meet  at Veterans Park for the 11 am ceremony to honor and remember those who serve and have served.

 A Brief History of Veterans Day from military.com

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.