- Business Advocacy
The First World War ended in 1918 with an armistice that went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Armistice Day was then observed every year on that date and time until World War II. In the United States, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor and remember all the men and women who served in the military.
About 10 years ago, The Alhambra Chapter of the American Legion (Post 139) partnered with the City of Alhambra to create a Veteran’s Corner at the northwest corner of Alhambra Park. Every year since then, Post 139 and the city have teamed up to present a short but powerful Memorial Day and Veterans Day event. Every year, increasing numbers of veterans and their families have turned out to be honored and remembered.
In just a half an hour, there was participation from the Fire Department, Police Honor Guard, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Alhambra High School Band, dignitaries from the local state and national level, and singers dressed in World War II era uniforms singing songs from the ‘40s.
Not this year. Due to the universal concern over the COVID virus, this year’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day events have been cancelled. Yet let us pause for a moment at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and thank our veterans for their service to us all.
Alhambra Mayor David Mejia said the two events on Memorial and Veterans Day were his favorite events to attend and even though they have been cancelled this year, he reminds us of the importance of saluting and honoring our heroes.
Former Mayor Gary Yamauchi, who did so much to popularize the events, spoke for all of us when he said, “Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor not only our vets but also all first responders. Thanks to all veterans. I am forever indebted to you.”