American Legion Post 29 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony Thursday, Nov. 11, in Downtown Lenoir. The ceremony starts at 11:00 am.
Post Commander Irv Eurto will give the welcome and opening remarks followed by the invocation by Bobby Poarch and the presentation of colors by West Caldwell High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Attendees will sing the National Anthem and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and the organizers will play theme music from each military branch.
City of Lenoir Mayor Joseph Gibbons will speak as well as Regina Goforth, Caldwell County Veterans Service Office, and Macon Clark, retired US Navy. The ceremony will take place at the Downtown Stage.
Diagonally across from the stage is the City of Lenoir Veterans Memorial. The City of Lenoir built the Veterans Memorial to honor veterans of all branches of the United States military. Nearly 1,000 veterans are currently honored in the memorial. Any veteran whose time in service was in the period of time from the Spanish American War to the present, and who has been honorably discharged from the American military is eligible to be honored in the Veterans Memorial. Click Veterans Memorial to visit the page and more about how to order a paver for the memorial.
City of Lenoir City Hall and recreational facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
Sanitation will not operate Thursday, Nov. 11. Garbage that is normally picked up Thursday will be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 10. All other household garbage pickups will remain on a normal schedule. There will be no bulk collections this week. The Recycling Center on Pennton Avenue will operate on a normal schedule.
About the Holiday
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States set aside to honor military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.
Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Veterans Day coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Source
The City of Lenoir Veterans Memorial is located in Downtown Lenoir at the intersection of West Avenue and Main Street.