Birmingham Honors Our Veterans - Veterans Day Parade 2016
Do you know the origin of Veterans Day?
Some people are very surprised to learn that Birmingham played a very big role in making Veterans Day what it is today. In 1921, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. an unknown World War I soldier was buried in Arlington Cemetery. That site became a focal point of reverence for America’s veterans. Similar events occurred earlier in England and France where an unknown soldier was buried, in England, the highest place of honor is Westminster Abbey and in France, it is the Arc de Triomphe. These memorials all took place on November 11 giving universal recognition to the end of World War I fighting on the 11th hour of the 11th month of the 11th year. The day became known as Armistice Day.
SO what does Birmingham, Alabama have to do with Veterans Day??
In 1945, Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran from Birmingham, wanted to expand Armistice Day to a day that would celebrate all veterans and not just ones that perished in World War I. Mr. Weeks led a delegation to General Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of a National Veterans Day. Raymond Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Birmingham and continued to lead the celebrations until 1982.
President Eisenhower signed the bill into law making Armistice Day a celebration of all veterans on May 26, 1954. Congress amended that bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans” and we have known it this way ever since. The celebration day changed a few times throughout the years, but in 1978 it was officially moved back to November 11 and is now celebrated on the 11th day of the 11th month regardless to what day of the week it falls.
President Ronald Reagan named Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day” and presented him with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982. The Raymond Weeks Memorial Service will be held today, November 10, 2016 at Linn Park at 4:30pm.
2016 Birmingham Veterans Day Parade
Birmingham is home to the first Veterans Day parade. This year the parade will begin at 1:30 on Friday, November 11, 2016. You can find parade route information and information on other Veteran events taking place in Birmingham at the official Birmingham Veterans Day website.
The Clydesdales are Here!
The Budweiser Clydesdale Horses are here in Birmingham to participate in the Birmingham Veterans Day Parade. The majestic horses arrived on Wednesday, November 10, 2016 and will be stabled at Uptown on Richard Arrington Blvd. with limited viewing hours. The Budweiser Clydesdale Horses will be participating in the Veterans Parade on Friday and will also make an appearance at the Riverchase Galleria on Sunday. Find more details here.
Thank You for Your Service!
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