Come out this Sunday November 11, 2012, for the Second Annual Veterans Day Parade.  Take a little time out of your Sunday to salute our heroes.  You’re guaranteed to have a fun time. The parade will be held in downtown between 3rd and 8th Street, starting at 10:00 AM.

The first annual Veterans Day Parade in Sacramento was last year in 2011, and each has a new Grand Marshal.  Last year’s Grand Marshal was legendary test pilot and Retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Yeager.  This year’s Grand Marshal will be Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas A. Podaitch with his nickname The “Cigar Marine”.

Here’s a brief history of Veteran’s day. On November 11, 1918, on the 11th hour, World War 1 ended.   A year after that incident in November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day when he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Veterans day used to be called Armistice Day until President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”