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Celebrating Our Veterans

Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Durango, 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 celebrate Veterans Day.

Monday, November 11, 2019:

Practical stuff: Government offices and the Public Library will be closed on Monday. The Durango Transit runs on its regular schedule, but you should treat yo'self: all downtown parking meters are FREE.

Veteran's Day Parade: Main Ave from 6th to 12th, 11:00 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). Deadline for parade entry is 2 hours before the parade begins. Please call 970.247.0384 for information.

If you can’t make it any 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.

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