Love of Country, Love of Fireworks: Veterans Day 2017
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect on the Western Front. Though World War I, the Great War, didn't officially end until seven months later with the Treaty of Versailles, November 11 would be forever remembered as a day to remember.
There was little thought that atrocities like those that happened in the Great War could ever be repeated. At the time, November 11 was called Armistice Day. But then came Pearl Harbor and America's introduction to yet another World War that lasted until 1945. After the dust had settled a bit, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed November 11 Veterans Day; a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
"In order to ensure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose," said Eisenhower in the first Veterans Day Proclamation.
These days, Veterans Day is celebrated as a chance to take a solemn moment to honor America's veterans for their sacrifices and services in the name of love for their country and the common good. Durango is excited to invite the public to enjoy these Veterans Day events:
Friday, November 10, 2017:
Practical stuff: Government offices and the Public Library will be closed on Friday. The Durango Transit runs on its regular schedule, but you should treat yo'self: all downtown parking meters are FREE.
Saturday, November 11, 2017:
Veteran's Day Parade: Main Ave from 6th to 12th, 11:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. Presented by the VFW. All veterans of all wars are called to follow the VFW color guard on a march along Main Ave. Pickup parade entry forms at the VFW (1550 Main Ave). Please call 970.247.0384 for information.
No Return from "Over There": The World War 1 Stories of Jose Trujillo & Wiley Sheets, Namesakes of D: Animas Museum, 3065 West 2nd Ave, 1:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. Join Robert McDaniel as he explores the lives of La Plata County World War I soldiers, Jose Trujillo and Wiley Sheets. Unbeknownst to most, these two veterans had Durango's American Legion Post #28 chartered in 1919 named after them. For more information, please call 970.259.2402 or click here. This is also an awesome opportunity to check out this year's featured WWI exhibit honoring the service of hundreds of people from La Plata County who served in World War I.
Community Celebration: Transit Center Parking Lot, 3:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. The City of Durango has blocked off the Transit Center at 8th and Camino and invited the community to celebrate our veterans with live music from the Cannondolls, food trucks, cold beer and the amazing fireworks leftover from Fourth of July...
Veteran's Day Fireworks: The City of Durango couldn't think of a better use of this year's cancelled Fourth of July fireworks show than using them to celebrate our veterans. Fireworks will shoot off just west of downtown starting around dusk.
If you can’t make it any of these festivities, take a minute to thank a vet in your life - or one you meet in the aisle at the grocery store today. They don’t hear it enough.