Community to host Veteran's Day celebration

Josh Presley
Staff Writer

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day, and the community will host a program to honor those who served in the armed forces. West Point’s Veteran’s Day program will begin at 11 a.m. in the upstairs conference room of City Hall.
Retired Col. Dwight Dyess, of West Point, said that while Memorial Day was meant to remember those who had died serving the the armed forces, Veterans Day was a chance to honor all veterans.
“We host this program every year and we have a guest speaker and recognize our veterans of the year,” Dyess said in a previous interview.
Veterans Day was originally proposed by President Woodrow Wilson to remember the end of World War I, which concluded at 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day, and wasn’t officially recognized by Congress until 1926. It became a national holiday in 1938 and was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor veterans who served in all wars.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said all veterans and their families were invited to attend the program. He said the event normally sports a pretty good turnout, as about 100 veterans, family members and residents turned up last year. See more details and a list of speakers in Sunday's Daily Times Leader.