|Dan Wixson (left), Stan Lilley (center), and me (right) atop Bundy Hill - photo by Stan Lilley|
Happy Veterans Day!
Veterans Day is a celebration of all former members off the United States military. Originally the holiday was known as Armistice Day and was used to commemorate those who served in World War One. The name of the holiday was officially changed in 1954 to commemorate all living veterans. With the exception of seven years ( 1971 - 1977), Veterans Day has always been celebrated on November 11th.
This year's Veterans Day marks a particularly important event, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One. After four years of warfare, combat officially ceased on the Western Front on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (11:00AM local time on November 11th, 1918). The event is being commemorated with ceremonies throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
I celebrated today with a sunrise hike at the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy's Bundy Hill Preserve. I was joined on the hike by two fellow veterans. Dan Wixson is a US Navy veteran (1982 - 1988). Stan Lilley served in the US Army (1968 - 1994). I served on active duty in the US Army from 1997 to 2001 and then in the National Guard for a further three years.