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Veterans Day Illumination Celebration Set for November 11

From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 11, the City of Tamarac will host a candle lighting ceremony to honor our veterans, and visit the Veterans Honor Wall as it is lit up at night.

The event is free to the public, and takes place at Veterans’ Memorial Park, 7825 Southgate Boulevard in Tamarac. For more information, call 954-597-3620 or click here.

Please note that participants must wear a facial covering and practice social distancing.

About Veterans Day

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “World War I – known at the time as ‘The Great War’ – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of ‘the war to end all wars.’”

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first Armistice Day. In 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday dedicated to world peace. Years later, in 1954, veterans’ service organizations encouraged the 83rd Congress to amend the 1938 Act to replace “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and “Veterans Day” became the day that we honor American veterans of all wars.

Interestingly, the United States did not officially recognize the end of World War I until June of 1926.

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