Saturday, Nov. 9, is the Saturday before Nov. 11, which if officially Veterans Day. There are some major events taking place that Saturday to honor the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. There will also be events honoring veterans on Monday, Nov. 11.
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and it marked the day the Great War, now known as World War I, ended. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day, and it’s officially set aside to honor all the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, in peace time and in war.
The Town of Parker’s Veterans Day Parade will be taking place on Saturday, November 9, starting at 10 a.m. The parade will start lining up near 18th Street and Joshua Avenue at 9 a.m. The parade will follow the Tim Edwards Parade Route along Joshua Avenue from 18th Street to 12th Street. The parade will turn left and disband at the Parker Community/Senior Center.
Please be aware street closures will be in effect for the parade. For more information, call the Town of Parker at 928-669-9265.
A Veterans Day celebration will be held that afternoon at 1 p.m. at the BlueWater Resort & Casino. The event will include speakers, live performances, a celebration of the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps and the cutting of the Marine birthday cake.
There will also be a Veterans Day cake decorating contest. The first prize is $100, second prize is $75, and third prize is $50. The cakes should be brought to the BlueWater Showroom by 12 noon, Nov. 9, along with the contestant’s name and phone number. No fondant, please.
For more information on the celebration or the cake contest, contact Stephanie at 928-916-2735 or Rhonda at 928-916-3444.
On Veterans Day itself, Nov. 11, the Freeman H. Sharp American Legion Post 70 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7061 will hold two Veterans Day Services. The first will be at 9 a.m. at the Colorado River Indian Tribes Cemetery, while the second will be at 11 a.m. at the Parker Cemetery.
In a prepared statement, Freeman H. Sharp American Legion Post 70 Spokesman Herman “T.J.” Laffoon said this was a day to commemorate the services of veterans of all wars.
“We must remember how men and women set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nation’s cause, defending the freedom of mankind and preserving our precious American heritage,” Laffoon said.
“We recognize service to our country and her cause does not end with the termination of military service,” Laffoon continued. “We continue our endeavors in behalf of an honorable world peace with a feeling of profound gratitude to God, and to the men and women who gave their lives as their part of the cost of his noblest of causes.”
“Out of blood and sweat, we learned of purpose, sacrifice, tolerance, bravery and discipline,” Laffoon said. “These are solid foundation stones upon which a great nation is built. We must honor our veterans in remembrance to their sacrifices for this country.”