On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I ended! Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
Veterans Day Activities and events
Interested in sharing your Veteran story or wanting to hear the stories of others? Check out Veterans Expressing Their Stories on November 9 from 3 to 5 at Callanwolde. The Southern Order of Storytellers present the third annual storytelling program. The event is FREE and will be held in the historic Callanwolde mansion. For more information or if you are a veteran interested in sharing your story contact Shannon McNeal at (678)824-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlanta History Center: Atlanta History Center hosts the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Veterans Park. This year the ceremony is dedicated to Iraq and Afghanistan service men and women. A delicious picnic lunch in the park follows the ceremony with food generously provided by Chick-Fil-A and Williamson Brother’s Barbeque. This program is FREE to Veterans as well as the general public. Active and retired military, and up to five members of their families, receive free admission to the Atlanta History Center.
Georgia Veterans Day Parade: The parade steps off at 11:11 a.m. on November 8, 2014, at Peachtree Street (south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Blvd) and then turns right on Baker Street towards Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca Cola, and Georgia Aquarium. It continues on Baker Street then turns left onto Marietta Street, ending at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.
I have an extensive list of even more freebies on Atlanta Area Moms Blog. Please visit there to get the scoop!
In addition, I have created a Pinterest board of activities and ideas for Veterans Day!
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Thank you Veterans for your service to our great Nation!