It was Monday, November 11th, 1918 when the guns of World War I fell silent at 11AM. Twenty years later the United States Congress created Armistice Day to celebrate the day when horrors of the first world war ended. It was 1954, after another world war and the Korean War when Armistice Day became Veterans Day.
The Sheridan Veterans Administration Medical Center continued their tradition of honoring those who have served and fought for our country’s freedom on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Colonel Kathy Wright delivered the main address in the program. Wright says she never expected to make a career out of the National Guard when she first joined over 30 years ago.
The theme of the day was looking behind the uniform. Wright explains why veterans often take active roles in their community after their service.
The program also included presentations by Fort MacKenzie High School students who participated in the annual Elks Veterans Day essay contest.
There wasn’t an empty seat in the VA auditorium and the event was followed by an open house for the women’s clinic facility.