Why Do We Celebrate Veteran’s Day?
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in Paris, however, fighting ceased seven months earlier on November 11, 1918. For that reason, this day is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
As you know, it’s important to show support and respect this 11th to our troops. Here I’ve listed some events that will interest you around our city. Find out how to take part in this year’s Veteran’s day happenings below:
FAIRFIELD: Veterans Day Commemoration and Parade November 11, Commemoration Ceremony 10 a.m. Ceremony with prayer & music at 10 is held at Downtown Theatre, 1035 Texas.
Parade 12:30 p.m. Location: Civic Center Drive at the Chamber of Commerce, 1111 Webster St. Parade Begins: 12:30 – Assembly Areas: Webster Street, beginning at Kentucky. The parade will be traditional, allowing one minute for a salute at Reviewing Stand and will not include political entries.
Visit fairfieldmainstreet.com for more info.
LOS ANGELES: VA West Los Angeles Veteran’s Day Celebration November 11, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Veterans Day Ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery November 11, 10-11:15 a.m. Location: 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Veterans BBQ 100 Constitution Ave 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Veterans Resource Fair 11301 Wilshire Blvd. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
PICO RIVERA: November 10, 2017, 8:30-11 a.m. Pico Rivera Veterans Memorial & Eternal Flame. Location: 9001 Mines Avenue.
Honor our nation’s military forces at the Veterans Monument on Mines Avenue adjacent to the Pico Rivera Mines Library. Dignitaries, Pico Rivera Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, honored guests and the public come together.
Visit pico-rivera.org for more information.
SANTA MONICA: Veterans Train & Talk November 10, 2017, 7 p.m. Crossfit Sandbox
Visit atlasdefensemn.com for more information.
Veterans only come prepared for a 45-minute workout with two of CF Sandbox’s best trainers followed by a real talk about mental health. Dr. Jade Teta also speaks on naturally controlling your testosterone levels. This is how we “change the conversation” about mental health. We create our own.
Other Ways to Help
If in case you cannot attend any of these events, there are organizations who devote their time to helping veterans across the country. You can ask to volunteer or make a material contribution at any time.
Wounded Warrior Project – They (with your help) aid thousands of injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families. As the number of wounded steadily increases, it is easy to see how the needs of these brave individuals also increase.
National Veterans Foundation – Lifeline For Vets: for the assistance of veterans and their families who are enduring a crisis or who have a critical need for help. Offers various programs and volunteer opportunities to help veterans and their families.
Paralyzed Veterans of America – Founded by a band of wounded soldiers who returned home from World War II with spinal cord injuries, Paralyzed Veterans of America is dedicated to giving all veterans and people with disabilities everything they need to live full and productive lives.
VolunteerMatch.org – If you haven’t found your NGO match, this site is a great place that helps numbers of eager volunteers find the veterans in need and help them.
CAVSA – is dedicated to ensuring that veterans of all eras have the understanding, tools, and support from their communities to provide for a successful transition back home.
Why Your Help Matters
- California is home to the largest veteran population with 1.85 million veterans and thousands more returning from military service each year to our communities.
- California is 1 of 5 states where the majority (63%) of homeless veterans are living in unsheltered locations.
- Veterans face unique employment challenges, including translating their military skills into the civilian workplace, overcoming stigma and stereotypes, and employers’ hesitation to hire veterans.
If you’d like more information on the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles, or to have help looking for your next home, please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to help, no obligation.