Looking for ways to remember a fallen Veteran or just teach your kids a little bit about history? Veteran’s Day is on Monday, November 12th and doesn’t just mean a day off from school for the kiddos. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
On Sunday, Petaluma will be hosting the Annual Veteran’s Day Parade at 1:00pm. If you like aircrafts, parades, and an airshow, you’ll love the Petaluma Veteran’s Day Parade. It’s held in beautiful downtown Petaluma. Vintage war birds and sleek air racers fly-in to take part in what has been called the “largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.” The Petaluma Veterans Day Parade features war planes that fly in formation over Historic Downtown Petaluma. The parade winds its way north from the starting point at Walnut Park at “D” Street and finishes back at Walnut Park. My kids really enjoyed this parade last year!
In Sonoma, the Traveling Wall will be on display from November 7th-November 11th. This is a special military museum that includes an 80-percent model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Gold Tag Wall (gold-plated dog tags of all soldiers killed in Iraq/Afghanistan), a piece of the Twin Towers, an exhibit on MIAs and POWs and more. The wall will be available for viewing starting Wednesday, November 7th, 24 hours a day and with be culminating through the entire weekend. See vfwpost1943.org for all related activities and more information.
One last idea is to have your kids make a variety of Veteran’s Day Cards to honor a military family member or deliver to a Veteran’s Center. Yountville is home to the Veteran’s Home of Yountville, largest home in the United States with over 1,100 residents. The veterans (both men and women) living there have served in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.
So go ahead and enjoy this special day with your kids, and remember the troops and their families who are still sacrificing today.
How will you celebrate our heroes on this day? I’d love to hear your ideas, please leave them in the comments below!