Veterans Day 2012

A history of Veterans Day and guide to local veteran events.

This Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, a time to recognize and honor those who have served in our nation’s military. But why that day?

The Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I, took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed "November 11" as the first remembrance of the end of the Great War:

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…

In 1926, Congress officially recognized the end of WWI and laid the foundation for Veterans Day celebrations. Later, in 1938, Congress approved Nov. 11 as “Armistice Day," changed to “Veterans Day” in 1954.

This year, since Veterans Day falls on a weekend, it will be officially commemorated Monday, Nov. 12.

In Howard County, government offices will be closed Monday Nov. 12; trash and recycling will operate on schedule and the landfill will be open.

Here is a comprehensive guide to openings and closings Monday, according to Howard County government:

Closed on Monday, Nov. 12
County Government Offices
Animal Shelter
Senior Centers
Robinson Nature Center
Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center

Open on Monday, Nov. 12
All trash and recycling services
County parks
North Laurel Community Center

Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood
Roger Carter Recreation Center
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex
Howard Transit & Connect-A-Ride on a “Sunday” schedule

All parking regulations and fees will be in effect.

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