Veterans Day honors those who served

Communities all over the country will pause today, on Veterans Day to honor those who served in the military forces.

Veterans Day is always Nov. 11, the anniversary of the armistice that yook effect at the eleventh month hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh to conclude World War I in 1918.

The holiday was once known as Armistice Day was rebranded then World War II and the Korean War happened, so on June 1, 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so the day would honor American veterans of all wars.

Government offices are closed but most retail stores are open to exploit another reason to discount prices.

But unlike past remembrances in the 102-year history of the holiday, no one is inviting crowds, instead preferring to offer the ceremonies online or on TV, or hosting in-person events by invitation only in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

President Donald Trump is to participate in the Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Ceremony, emerging in public for the first time since his failed reelection bid to take part in the annual presidential rite.

Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and installed three staunch loyalists to top Pentagon jobs while his legal team has filed a barrage of lawsuits alleging unfounded claims offraud in the battleground states.

The four pillars of President-elect Joe Biden’s plan for veterans are providing health care that meets veterans’ specific needs, working toward eliminating veteran homelessness and bringing down suicide rates among veterans, creating job and education opportunities for veterans and improving management and accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced that he will be attending events in Burlington and Ocean County in addition to his second annual Veterans Day Town Hall to commemorate Veterans Day.

“Veterans Day isn’t just about celebrating the contributions of veterans to our country, it’s about lifting up their voices and recognizing the issues they face every day,” said Kim. “I look forward to hearing from those who sacrificed so much to serve, and hope everyone takes time out on Veterans Day to thank the men and women who keep this country safe.”

10:30am – Toms River Veterans Day Celebration

570 Bay Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place:
Toms River Municipal Building,
33 Washington Street
L. Manuel Hirshblond Meeting Room on the 2nd floor

2:30pm – Fulfill Veterans Day Meal Distribution

Veteran’s Park Pavilion
489 Forest Hills Parkway, Bayville, NJ 08721

4:30pm – Sanctuary Foundation of Veterans Celebration

Sanctuary Veterans Service Center

1 Primrose Lane, Willingboro, NJ 08046

5:00pm – Veterans Day Town Hall

Recorded program begins at 5:00pm and can be watched here.

Live question and answer with local veterans can be watched here at 6:00pm and will be made available afterwards on Congressman Kim’s YouTube page.

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