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Greater Danbury area municipalities are marking Veterans Day today with ceremonies.  They all take place at 11am.  In Danbury, the ceremony is at the War Memorial.


The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.  They are held at 11am to mark when the World War I armistice went into effect--on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.


The observance of Veterans Day on November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


The legal holiday, a day also to be dedicated to the cause of world peace, was started in 1938.  Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954.  The Uniform Holiday Bill of 1968, intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees, moved 4 national holidays to Mondays.  The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971.  The annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, was restored in 1978.  Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls.

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