Originally Published: October 24, 2007 8:09 p.m.
Veterans Day's origins come from Armistice Day, the day in 1919 that President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation signifying the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I.
In 1954, Congress officially changed the holiday to Veterans Day to honor all American veterans.
The staff of the Bob Stump VA Medical Center in Prescott considers Veterans Day and the Hospital's Veterans Day Parade to be one of the premier patriotic events in which they take part. They are inviting the community to attend the event, and veterans and veterans groups to register to take part in the parade.
The parade will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, and will feature the Prescott Big Band. Pre-parade events will commence at 10 a.m., and the parade will start at 11 a.m. after a 24-hour flag vigil that the Embry-Riddle Air Force ROTC will conduct.
Frank Cimorelli, VA spokesman, offered special encouragement for Vietnam veterans to take part in the parade, because this year's theme is "A Grateful Nation Remembers Our Vietnam Veterans."
"We've never honored our Vietnam vets before (in the Veterans Day parade) and I want it to be a good one," said Cimorelli.
For more information, or to register to take part in the parade, people should call 776-6013.