According to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs website, in November 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of "Armistice Day," what would eventually become Veterans' Day, he said the 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…."
The day was officially recognized by Congress with a concurrent resolution in 1926 and then modified in 1954 to become "Veterans' Day" as we know it today, but the "solemn pride" Wilson commemorated in that original proclamation is still shown by communities all over the country every Nov. 11.
In Norton, the yearly parade will bring the town together to honor those who served, and those who are still serving, in every branch of the military.
On Friday morning, Norton Patch will publish a list of names, honoring those veterans you, our readers, wish to thank, and remember this Veterans' Day.
Have a veteran you would like to honor? Send their name, a brief message, and, if possible, a photo to Kelly.Mello@Patch.com. You may also leave names and messages in the comment section below.