Veterans Day In Philadelphia November 11

Vet at Korean War Memorial photo by Charles Mostoller

Veteran at Korean War Memorial photo by Charles Mostoller

‘Honoring Those Men & Women Who Have Served In The Armed Forces For Our Freedom’

Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on November 11, honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.

The History of Veterans Day

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. Armistice Day was created for November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at CompiègneFrance, and for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war.

The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. 

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. It had been eight and a half years since Weeks held his first Armistice Day celebration for all veterans.

Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

(The above information is from wikipedia)

Veterans Day Events In Philadelphia

  • Veterans Day Parade ~ November 5 ~ Starting around 12:30 pm, the Philadelphia Veterans Day Committee will be holding the 3nd Official Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade. Parade starts at JFK Blvd and North 16th Street. The parade route will continue around City Hall, heading east on Market Street and end at North 5th Street for the Veterans Festival. Veterans Festival is from noon to 4 pm at 5th & Market Streets. There will be live entertainment, a beer garden, rock climbing, face painting and more! ~ ~ Veterans Day Parade in Philadelphia ~ More info on Veterans Day Parade ~
  • Celebrating the Marines Birthday at Cookie’s Tavern ~ November 10 ~ From 11 am to 8 pm, hang with the men and women who have served or still serving to protecting out Country, no matter what branch of the service. This is open to the public and held at Cookie’s Tavern in South Philly at 10th and Oregon Sts. There will be all you can eat & drink (beer), an opening celebration at 1 pm, live entertainent and more. ~ Marines Birthday Celebration at Cookie’s Tavern ~
  • Veterans Day Weekend at The Museum of the American Revolution ~ November 10 – 12 ~ Held at the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, guests can celebrate the Marines Birthday on Nov 10, Veterans Day on Nov 11 and  enjoy special programs and activities. Cost: $19, adults; $17, senior (65 and up), active duty military (with ID), teachers (with ID) and students (with ID); $12, youth (6-17); free, children (5 and under) ~ Veterans Day Weekend at The Museum of the American Revolution ~
  • Veterans Day at National Constitution Center ~ November 11 ~ FREE admission to all courtesy of Macys, Inc! The day begins with a special Flag Raising Ceremony overlooking Independence Mall at 9:15 am on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. At 11 am there is a moment of silence and wreath-laying ceremony at Grand Hall Overlook. Throughout the day, guests will be able to have chats while listening to stories from veterans from multiple conflicts throughout our nation’s recent history, write thank-you letters to veterans, make crafts and more. ~ Veterans Day at National Constitution Center ~ ~ Overview at National Constitution Center ~
  • Veterans Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ~ November 11 ~ From 10 am – 11 am at Washington Square (7th & Walnut Streets), the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission will observe Veterans Day with a ceremony where a statue of George Washington stands at the tomb of an unknown soldier who died during the War for Independence. ~ Veterans Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ~
  • Salute to Veterans on the Cruiser Olympia ~ November 11 ~ FREE to all Veterans & Active Duty Military with discounts to their family member – Held at the Independence Seaport Museum, join in honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces. Entrance to the museum starts at 10 am. Cruiser Olympia, the oldest steel warship afloat in the world, has played an integral role in honoring military service. One of the ship’s most notable milestones was bringing the body of the Unknown Soldier home for interment in the United States from the port of Le Havre, France on October 24, 1921. From 2 pm to 3 pm on the Cruiser Olympia, enjoy a special ceremony that is free and open to the public (seating is limited). Celebration aboard Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia ~

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Photo credited to Charles Mostoller

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