The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month: Armistice Day of the First World War, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson signed a law in 1919 proclaiming November 11 a federal holiday called Armistice Day, and honoring all those who fought in World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a law expanding the holiday to include celebrating all those who fought in World War II, and changing the name to Veterans Day. Now, all veterans of all U.S. wars are honored for their service to our country.
From 1971 to 1978, Veterans Day was officially celebrated on the fourth Monday in October. Moved back to November 11 in 1978, this year the holiday happens to fall on a Monday. Here are two events in San Diego on this Veterans Day:
Active and retired military to be honored at Pechanga Casino on Veterans Day
As a small gesture to say “thank you” to active and retired service members, Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. offers complimentary lunches and dinners at the acclaimed Pechanga Buffet on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. Active and retired members of the armed forces are invited to dine as guests of the Pechanga Buffet and enjoy the internationally-inspired fare at the popular, 454-seat restaurant. Service members with ID may experience lunch or dinner for free at the Pechanga Buffet, which runs from 11:00a.m. to 10:00p.m. on Monday, November 11. Veterans or active military must show ID consisting of their photo military ID card, Veterans ID card, Veterans organization card (VFW, American Legion, etc.), discharge papers, DD214 or other Veterans ID. For more information about the Pechanga Buffet and the other 10 award-winning dining outlets at Pechanga Resort & Casino, call (877) 711-2WIN or log onto www.Pechanga.com.
Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino.
2013 San Diego Veterans Day Parade: “A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans”
The San Diego Veterans Day Parade is produced by Veterans Week San Diego and presented by the USS Midway Museum. It is open to all, free of charge to view or to participate. As Veterans Day is observed nationwide, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade recognizes the contributions of all of our Veterans from every branch of Armed Forces in all eras of service. Our 2013 Parade includes “A Tribute To Vietnam Veterans”, during the USA 50th Year Commemorative of the Vietnam War 1962 – 1975. A long-deserved special thank you will be shown to all US Veterans who served in uniform during those Vietnam War years. We invite the entire San Diego community to participate in this important Veterans Day tradition, and welcome all sponsors, donations, and volunteers. For more information, go to http://www.sdvetparade.org/