Veterans Day Commemoration
Annual Veterans Day Commemoration
Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
Join online at txstatepresents.com
In person attendance by RSVP only. Seating begins at 10:30 a.m.
Texas State's Veterans Day Commemoration recognizes commitment of university community veterans
Please join Student Foundation and the Dean of Students Office for the Annual Veterans Day Commemoration on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The commemoration will be held in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Seating and temperature screening of guests will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. Please be aware that attendance is strictly limited for in-person attendees, but the campus community is invited to join the program virtually by visiting www.txstatepresents.com.
The ceremony provides an opportunity to recognize the commitment, bravery and sacrifices made by our fellow student, faculty, staff, alumni and community veterans. The program will include remarks by featured speaker 1st Lieutenant Anthony Ayala from the Department of Military Science. Also featured will be comments by Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth, and a presentation of the Above and Beyond Awards by the Veterans Alliance of Texas State.
For additional information, please contact Student Foundation at email@example.com or the Dean of Students Office at 512-245-2124.
|Schedule of Veterans Day Events*|
|10:30 a.m||Seating/temperature screening begins in the Recital Hall|
|11:00 a.m.||Commemoration begins|
*Please be aware that attendance is restricted to student, faculty and staff veterans who have RSVPed in advance of the event. The university community is invited to join virtually at www.txstatepresents.com.
Interpreter services will be provided during the livestreamed event. Thank you for joining Student Foundation and the Dean of Students Office in honoring our veterans.
"Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiently, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Presidential Proclamation 3071, Veterans Day 1954
History of Veterans Day
In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, the Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement (an armistice) with Germany at Rethondes, France on November 11, 1918, bringing World War I to a close. The "war to end all wars" was over.
November 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace. On Armistice Day, soldiers who survived the war marched in a parade through their home towns. Politicians and veteran officers gave speeches and held ceremonies of thanks for the peace they had won.
Armistice Day officially received its name in the United States in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later. Congress voted Armistice Day a federal holiday in 1938, 20 years after the war ended. But Americans realized that the previous war would not be the last one. World War II began the following year and nations great and small again participated in a bloody struggle. After the Second World War, Armistice Day continued to be observed on November 11.
In 1953, towns people in Emporia, Kansas called the holiday Veterans Day in gratitude to the veterans in their town. Soon after, Congress passed a bill introduced by a Kansas congressman renaming the federal holiday to Veterans Day. Beginning in 1954, the United States designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. wars. In 1971 President Nixon declared it a federal holiday on the second Monday in November.
Americans still give thanks for peace on Veterans Day. There are ceremonies and speeches with most Americans observing a moment of silence, remembering those who fought for peace.