The City of Burlington will be observing Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, 2019 in honor of those who have served, those continuing to serve, and their families.
Mayor Weinberger and VFW Howard Plant Post 782 will recognize the day at the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Battery Park. This event is held every year on November 11 at 11 a.m., in commemoration of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at the end of World War I, which began at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year.
As a city-recognized holiday, it is free parking at on-street meters and at all municipal garages – Marketplace Garage, Lakeview Garage and College Street Garage.
Veterans Day was originally set aside to honor the veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11 a.m. on the day. In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday known as Armistice Day.
After World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all of our Veterans and not just those of World War I. In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” as a way to formally include all veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance.
Observance of this day continues to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.