By Terry Miller
The traditional Veterans Day Observance in Monrovia’s Library Park was conducted by Scott Sinclair, president of the Allied Veterans Council.
Veterans Day in the U.S., and Remembrance Day in England, is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, most of the civilized world stands united in respect for our veterans.
Hundreds from not only Monrovia attended the traditional observance. Arcadia’s Mayor, April Verlato, made a powerful speech after Monrovia dignitaries, led by Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer, reminded us all of the importance of thanking each and every one of our veterans, not just on Nov. 11 but every day.
This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954 the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.