Generations of the nation’s veterans have planted their roots in Glen Cove and helped the city thrive. From building Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 347 after World War I to ceaselessly supporting local organizations, these heroes have continued to serve their home.
To celebrate their contributions, Glen Cove joined together on Nov. 11 to remember those who served their country in times of war with a series of events throughout the city.
Army veteran Chad R. Ryals, Glen Cove’s 2023 Veterans Day honoree, was recognized for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Eagle Scout Genalie Prezeau updated the community on his project to create a star-shaped walkway for veterans to safely access the memorial at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove. He said he hopes to have a dedication ceremony in the coming months.
Long-distance runner Eva Casale visited Veteran memorials throughout the county and Glen Cove, running a total of 25 miles.
The day’s celebration began in 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.”
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson established Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, which included parades and public gatherings, as well as a brief pause in business and school activities at 11 a.m.
On Nov. 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On the same day the previous year, unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
In 1938, Nov. 11 became a federal holiday in the United States in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War.
From there, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day.
In 1954, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From there, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
The observation of Veterans Day was set as the fourth Monday in October. The first Veterans Day under the new law was Monday, Oct. 25, 1971, but many states continued to observe the holiday on its original date.
In 1975, after it became evident that the actual date of Veterans Day carried historical and patriotic significance to many Americans, President Gerald Ford signed a new law returning the observation of Veterans Day to Nov. 11.
If Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal government observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday. Government offices are closed on Veterans Day.