Veterans Day rites scheduled

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Two Veterans Day ceremonies, one in Littleton and one at Fort Logan National Cemetery, will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, honoring veterans and those serving in the military.

The Littleton ceremony will be held at the World War II memorial at Ketring Park, 6000 S. Gallup St.

Fort Logan National Cemetery is at 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.

The Littleton ceremony is sponsored by Pat Hannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4666 and George C. Evans American Legion Post 103. The guest speaker is Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman.

In a separate Veterans Day event at 1 p.m. at Littleton’s St. Mary Catholic School, the Knights of Columbus will present the school a plaque in memory of Pat Hannon, who was the first Littleton resident to die in Vietnam.

The ceremonies at Fort Logan National Cemetery are sponsored annually by District 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and are held in the open area adjacent to the lake and at the base of the main flagpole. There will be a VFW honor guard representing many of the metro-area VFW and American Legion posts to present the colors as well as the flags from their posts.

Veterans Day speakers at Fort Logan include Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver) and Sara Elton, chief of operations of the Memorial Service Network, Denver.

The event includes placing a ceremonial wreath and flowers at a headstone symbolic of the thousands of headstones in the cemetery. The wreath placement is followed by the traditional 21-gun salute. As the last volley is fired, an array of horn players stationed around the lake will play the echo version of “Taps.”

When the Fort Logan ceremony ends, lunch will be served at Verle Huffman VFW Post 9644, 2680 W. Hampden Ave.

The nation began honoring veterans in 1926 when Armistice Day was held for the first time to commemorate the end of World War I and to honor those who served. Th event was marked on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the same time, day and month that the fighting ended in World War I.

In 1938, the day was declared a national holiday. In its early history, Armistice Day was focused on honoring World War I veterans. In the early 1950s, Congressman Edwin Rees of Kansas proposed changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day and making it a time to honor all those who served in the armed forces, and in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill, officially making Nov. 11 Veterans Day.

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