Mayor Lynn Robinson and County Supervisor Bruce McPherson presided over a combined city/county Veteran’s Day ceremony hosted at City Hall today. The ceremony honored all those who have stood watch over our great nation, and especially those who continued their commitment to public service by working for the city or county in addition to their military service.
The Santa Cruz Police Department and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard teams participated in the ceremony.
The idea that eventually became known as Veteran’s Day was established on November 11, 1919, the one year anniversary of the end of World War I. The day was originally dubbed Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of the World War I in the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The event originally honored all those who served in World War I. In 1954, the day became “Veteran’s Day” honoring all those who served, current and past.
After some date jockeying, the date was returned the original November 11th date by President Gerald Ford in 1975.
According to my sources at the Defense Department, there are approximately 23 million veterans living in the U.S. and California has one of the highest populations of veterans with just over 2 million.
As a small demonstration of the discipline and precision in our military, check out this Marine Silent Drill Rifle team video.
If you ever get the chance to see this live…don’t miss it.
We honor and thank all those who have served, so that we might enjoy the freedoms afforded us today.