Yesterday, the nation celebrated Veterans Day, an annual day of recognition dedicated to all the members of the armed services. This photo was taken in 1919, on the Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, at a homecoming ceremony for the soldiers and sailors who served in World War I.
Veterans Day was founded by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and became a national holiday in 1938. The holiday was originally called Armistice Day so it could be “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.” In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day. It is celebrated every year on November 11th.
Almost every town and city in the Commonwealth holds a Veterans Day ceremony or parade to honor the men and women who have served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. If you have any photos of Veterans Day services in your area, please send them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.
Photo from Digital Commonwealth.