Dave Porter

David Porter

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served and to stand united in respect for our veterans. The public is invited to Amery High School’s annual Veterans Day program Thursday, November 11, 2021. The event starts at 8:30a.m. in the High School Gym and will be live-streamed to the Amery Schools YouTube channel. This year’s program features keynote speaker Mr. David Porter.

Porter is an Amery resident and Amery High School alum. "It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to share part of my life experiences as a Gulf War Veteran and how being a member of the Armed Forces has shaped my life and me as a person,” said Porter.

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.

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.

Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year, November 11, regardless of on which day of the week it falls.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday and in most states, a state holiday. That means that federal employees, including military members, are typically given the day off and, in most states, state workers are as well.

It is a day to celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

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