Meridian Prepares for Veterans Day Ceremony

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Meridian, Miss. It's a day set aside to honor the people who have served in the U.S Armed Forces and a day that means a lot to the nation. Veterans Day was first founded in 1919 as Armistice Day before evolving into the current holiday in 1954.

"Veterans Day is always the 11th month of the 11th day of the 11th hour and this Tuesday is the 11th of November and starting at 10:30 we are having a ceremony at the Doughboy Monument," Veterans Day Committee David Sloan said.

The importance of celebrating the holiday at that time traces its history back to almost 100 years ago when Armistice Day was founded.

"Well, Armistice Day it happened on November 11th and the treaty was signed at 11 o'clock," VFW Post 79 Chuck Calvert said. "That's the significance of 11/11/11 and we try to keep it that way."

The city of Meridian has numerous events scheduled throughout the day to honor those who have given so much, but what is a veteran?

"A veteran is a person who has written a blank check to the people of the United States of America, payable for any amount up to and including their life," Sloan said. "I think that says it all."

And Meridian plans to honor those Veterans as events kick off this Tuesday with a fly-over, laying of wreaths and a 21-gun salute that will be followed by a variety of other events set to honor those who have given so much.

The program is as follows:

- The ceremony at the Doughboy Monument at 10:30

- A luncheon for Veterans at VFW Post 79 at noon.

- A parade at 3 PM in downtown Meridian , starting at 25th Avenue.

- A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at Dumont Plaza at 6 PM.