Veteran’s Day was preceded by Armistice Day in 1918. On November 11, 1918, at the 11th hour, the peace treaty was signed to officially end World War I. This day was set aside to honor members of the armed forces who were killed in World War I. Then, President Woodrow Wilson issued a letter on November 11, 1919, the first Armistice Day. On May 13, 1938, November 11 became a legal holiday.
In 1954, the name changed to Veteran’s Day after receiving pressure from several U.S. veteran organizations. November 11 has been set aside to commemorate the service of all U.S. veterans.
Locally, active adults, ages 50+, can celebrate Veteran’s Day by remembering and honoring veterans for their service on November 10, 2023, at Denton Senior Center, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The City of Denton is hosting the 2nd Wreaths Across America program. National Wreaths Across America Day occurs in December. Annually, Wreaths Across America partners with various civic organizations, schools, scouts, and religious organizations across the country to place a wreath on each hero’s grave. These heroes have sacrificed their lives daily and the holiday season is a perfect time to honor them. One way to honor these heroes is to sponsor a wreath. The options for sponsoring wreaths are:
- 2 Wreaths
- 5 Wreaths
- 10 Wreaths
- Custom Number of Wreaths, etc.
Other opportunities exist to show your support for Wreaths Across America. Merchandise can be purchased to spread the mission of the program or volunteer to add a personal touch.
Locally on December 16, 2023, at 11:00 am (Wreath Placement Immediately Following Ceremony), Wreaths Across America will be at Oakwood Cemetery at 747 East Prairie Street Denton, TX 76205 to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
Our goal is to have 450 wreaths sponsored by our community members. Therefore, we invite you to sponsor a wreath by visiting our website: Wreaths Across America. For additional information, call the American Legion Hall Senior Center, (940) 349-8298.
Be sure to take a moment to thank a veteran for their service.