One hundred year ago, on November 11th 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for a ceasefire effective at 11 AM. It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is a U.S. federal holiday, is a time to honor and thank those who are serving or have served in the military and are still with us. It is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, which is a day to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.
On Veterans Day, it is a great time to think about how you can show a veteran extra appreciation. A brief ceremony will take place at the entrance to Memorial Beach (off Thompson Road in Webster) this morning at 9:45AM.
A parade will also begin at 11AM from the Dudley Municipal Complex on West Main Street. The parade will proceed past the Webster Town Hall to the Webster Veteran’s Court of Honor and conclude at approximately 12:45 this afternoon. Please keep in mind there will be some road closures in the area, so seek alternate routes.
The Grand Marshall for today’s parade is U.S. Army Veteran Specialist R.J. Gryb.
The Webster-Dudley Veterans Council has cho- sen R.J. Gryb, Korean War Army vet to lead the 2018 Parade on Veterans Day.
For more on Veterans Day events in Worcester, Hank Stolz spoke with Ed O’Connor, director of Veterans Services. Listen to Talk Of The Commonwealth below.