AMC Museum to host Veterans Day ceremony

DOVER — Retired Master Sergeant Ron Gough will be the guest speaker at a Veterans Day ceremony Friday at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover.

The Milford Community Band will provide a medley of music honoring all servicemen.

Seating for the event begins at 9:50 a.m. Friday and the program will begin at 10:50 a.m. with a film and opening remarks.

The event is free and open to the public. Museum gates open at 9 a.m.  and static display aircraft will be open until 2:45 p.m.

Veterans Day recognizes those who have served or now serve our country.

Its origin dates to the end of World War I, which officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Hostilities actually ceased seven months earlier in November 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11 day.

President Wilson declared November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day with the following words, “To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died and served with gratitude for victory and freedom which it has help maintain”.

In 1938, Armistice Day became a national holiday and in 1954 the 83rd Congress, at the urging of Veteran groups, changed the word “Armistice” to “Veterans.”  President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation: “In order to insure proper and wide spread observation of this anniversary, all Veteran’s organizations and all citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

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