Centennial Memorial Park Veterans Day Ceremony
A twenty-one gun salute honoring members of America’s Armed Forces at today’s 25th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Centennial Memorial Park in Anniston. Hundreds of people attend the ceremony to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Event organizers say the restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day. They say the purpose is to give solemn and proud remembrance to all those who serve and have served. Today, attendees also witnessed a Fallen Comrade Ceremony, along with re-enactors raising the flag at Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. Calhoun County District 1 Commissioner Fred Wilson says we should all be appreciative of the brave service of our veterans. The holiday dates back to November 11, 1918: the official end of World War One. Originally called Armistice Day in 1919, the name was eventually changed to include all veterans.