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Denton, TX – In a tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of its military service members, the City of Denton has announced a series of events leading up to Veteran’s Day, including participation in the nationwide Wreaths Across America program.
Veteran’s Day, observed annually on November 11, has its roots in the Armistice of 1918, which brought World War I to an end. This pivotal moment in history occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, signifying the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front and paving the way for peace negotiations. The first commemoration of Armistice Day took place on November 11, 1919, by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson. In 1938, the day was recognized as a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor the veterans of World War I.
However, following the extensive American involvement in World War II and the Korean War, veteran organizations lobbied for a broader recognition, leading to the renaming of Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day in 1954. This change expanded the scope of the holiday to honor American veterans of all wars.
On November 10, 2023, the Denton Senior Center extends a heartfelt invitation to the community, particularly active adults over 50, to a special event from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., celebrating the valor and commitment of our military personnel across all branches and eras. This gathering will precede the official Veterans Day tributes. Simultaneously, Denton County will host a commemorative event at the Courthouse-on-the-Square lawn, featuring guest speakers, a display of military equipment, a rifle volley, and additional honors starting at 11 a.m. This dual event offers a meaningful opportunity to pay respects to our veterans.
Continuing the tradition of remembrance, the City of Denton will take part in the 2nd Wreaths Across America program on December 16, 2023. This national event, which is marked in December, involves laying wreaths on the graves of fallen heroes and aims to remember and honor veterans. Volunteers, including civic organizations, schools, and religious groups, will gather at Oakwood Cemetery at 11:00 am to place wreaths on veterans’ graves and to recite the names of the deceased, ensuring their memories are spoken aloud and not forgotten.
Citizens can participate in this program by sponsoring wreaths in various quantities—from individual wreaths to custom numbers—demonstrating their support and remembrance for those who have sacrificed their lives. Additionally, merchandise is available for purchase to support the mission, and volunteers are welcome to add a personal touch to the event.
The local goal for the community is to sponsor 450 wreaths. Those interested in contributing to this act of remembrance can do so by visiting the Wreaths Across America website or contacting the American Legion Hall Senior Center, (940) 349-8298 for more information.
The City of Denton and its citizens encourage everyone to take a moment, not just on these special days but throughout the year, to express gratitude to veterans for their dedicated service to the nation.