Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. This is a federal holiday, observed on Nov. 11, that honors all veterans who have served in the armed services.
The day coincides with the Armistice Day and Remembrance Day holidays, which are celebrated in other parts of the world, and also marks the anniversary of the end of World War I. The Armistice with Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, formally ending all major hostilities of World War I.
In Miles City, to celebrate Veterans Day, members of American Legion Post 5 will be raising the big American flags at the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 11. They will take the big flags down at 4:30 that afternoon.
Anyone who would like to help with the flag raising or lowering is welcome to do so by coming to the cemetery a little before the morning or afternoon ceremony. The public also is welcome to the cemetery to observe the raising and lowering of the flags. The flags will be flying over the cemetery throughout the day on Nov. 11, and everyone is invited to drive by or stop for awhile and view them while they are on display.
Also in observance of Veterans Day, American Legion members have placed small American flags on the graves of veterans at the Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery and the Custer County Cemetery. Members of the Builders Club at Washington Middle School assisted in setting out the flags at the Custer County Cemetery.
A Veterans Day program is planned Monday at 11 a.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 119 N. Sixth St. Tammy Criswell will sing the “Star Spangled Banner.” The VFW post will provide a color guard. Keynote speaker for the program is Kevin Thoeny of Miles City, local VFW commander and national VFW aide-de-camp. Wava Roach, VFW Auxiliary chaplain, will give the invocation and benediction.
Members of the VFW Auxiliary will have a POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) table in remembrance of veterans who haven’t returned home.
Following the program, members of the VFW Auxiliary will serve soup, sandwiches and refreshments.
All of the Veterans Day activities are open to the public.