Veterans Day is Thursday to honor those who have served our country. This national holiday has been celebrated worldwide since Nov. 11, 1919, when former President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day in honor of World War I. In 1938, Congress made Armistice Day an official holiday.
This year is especially bittersweet because it marks the ninth year of the war in Afghanistan. Many events are taking place around Orange County to properly celebrate past and present U.S. servicemembers and all they have contributed to this country.
â€œWhen you’re walking around enjoying the beauty of outside, they’re staring at nothing but dirt for thousands of miles in 105-degree weather. It’s amazing what little things we take for granted. If anything, having gone through this deployment with my boyfriend has taught me that I can’t thank our military enough for everything they endure while fighting for our country,â€ said Cara Burbank, 20, a Cal State Fullerton student whose boyfriend just returned from Afghanistan.
Veterans Day celebrations around Orange County:
*Veterans photos on display Nov. 10 at the Fullerton Senior Center: Military portrait displays of community veterans are showcased at the Fullerton Senior Centerâ€™s annual Veterans Day program.
-Location: 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton.
-For more info: (714) 738-6305
*Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Hillcrest Park: A Veterans Day parade sponsored by Fullerton American Legion Post 142 and the Fullerton Emblem Club 469 that welcomes all veterans to participate. Local ROTC units and high school bands will be featured in this yearâ€™s parade.
-Location: Begins at the Museum Plaza on Wilshire Avenue in Downtown Fullerton
-For more info: (714) 871-2412
*The Nixon Presidential Library and museum exhibitions Nov. 11: The Nixon Library will offer free admission. There will be a â€œHall of Leadersâ€ where guests can take pictures with life-size bronze statues of world leaders that Nixon shared the spotlight with.
-Location: Nixon Library in Yorba Linda
-For more info: (714) 993-3393
*Veterans Day event in Simi Valley Nov. 11: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is hosting its annual Veterans Day event. The Washington Artillery of New Orleans will put on Civil War reenactments and display authentic tanks and more.
-Location: Ronald Reagan Library at 40 Presidential Dr.
-For more info: (805) 522-2977
Other veterans will take part in more simple celebrations with their friends.
â€œI will probably meet with other veteran friends and have a beer at Downtown Fullerton,â€ said Alvaro R. Ramirez, 27, a veteran.
According to the Los Angeles Times, President Obama is working to withdraw the number of troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible.
â€œI just focus on counting down and praying. And I know that no matter what, time keeps moving, so each second that we’re away from each other is one second closer to when he’ll be back home,â€ said Julianna Pomparelli, 20, a computer science junior whose Marine boyfriend is currently in Afghanistan.