Each year High Bridge commemorates all veterans at its annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
Below are images from the American Legion Post 188 and others at the C. K. Hoffman Veterans Memorial Park for the joint Veterans Day observance held at C. K. Hoffman Veterans Memorial Park .
World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.
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 is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to United States national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.
The American Legion is chartered by Congress as a patriotic veterans’ organization focused on service to veterans, servicemembers, and communities.
The organization evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.
The High Bridge American Legion Post 188 hosts Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day ceremonies each year at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Bridge Street, which they maintain.