POINT PLEASANT — Saturday the public can show their support for veterans at the annual AMVETS Post #2 Veterans Day Parade.
The parade starts at 1 p.m. in front of the old Central School and will travel south down Main Street to Second Street. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Those interested in participating can either show up during lineup or contact Dennis Rayburn, a parade organizer, at (304) 674-3663.
Though it is a political season currently, Rayburn wants to remind participants to maintain the theme of the parade: celebrating Veterans. The parade as a whole and its participants should show an essence of the holiday.
Participants for the parade will range from American Legion Post 23 members and their ladies auxiliary, American Legion Riders motorcycle club members, various Mason County pageant royalty, and more.
The AMVETS post and its ladies auxiliary have been hosting the parade for approximately 10 years.
Any veterans needing assistance to attend and/or participate in the parade may contact Rayburn.
Rayburn stated, “We have Veterans Day so that we can thank those individuals who have given of their own life and personal welfare to protect America and at the same time allow those veterans to display their mutual respect as a desirable attitude for civilians to adopt in their everyday lives. Veterans Day can allow the American people to encounter the desirable results military service and develop a personal goal to achieve the same in their own lives. Veterans Day provides an opportunity for veterans to gather together sociably, share war stories, and simply have a good time. This was always an intention for Veterans Day activities, but the holiday actually provides much more to the citizens of our country. Veterans Day creates an opportunity for all Americans to encounter resources for our society found in the veterans who celebrate the day.
He shared the history of Veterans Day began when World War I ended with the implementation of an armistice between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November 1918. The original concept for the celebration was known as Armistice Day and for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11 a.m., with the day also marked by parades and public meetings to honor all those who participated in the war. In 1954, on June 1, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day and in 1978 Veterans Day observance was officially declared to be Nov. 11, as it has remained. Today most military and civilian observances dedicated to service members who gave their lives while in military status are held on Memorial Day in May of each year and service members who survive and return to private lives following military duty are celebrated on Veterans Day.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.