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Posted: November 8, 2008 8:04 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2008 4:30 a.m.
Veterans Day was first incorporated by President Wilson as Armistice Day in 1919 at the end of World War I. The implementation of an armistice, which is a temporary cessation of hostilities, came with the final peace treaty, the infamous Treaty of Versailles, which was signed in 1919 between the Allies and Germany at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November 1918. President Wilson said when he proclaimed the first Armistice Day, “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.”

In 1938 Armistice Day was enacted as an official American holiday. It wasn’t until after World War II that citizens felt the veterans of all wars should be recognized, not just those of World War I. So in 1954 Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

This year’s program
The city of Santa Clarita will celebrate this important national holiday and honoring our country’s veterans and military families with the Santa Clarita Veteran’s Day Ceremony to be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Historical Plaza in Old Town Newhall.

Currently, hundreds of our Santa Clarita sons and daughters are serving their nation in the armed services, and this ceremony will give residents an opportunity to join friends and neighbors in support of our veterans’ sacrifices and courage.

This year’s program will begin with a two-minute moment of silence at 11 a.m. as a sign of respect for the millions who have died in war. The original concept for the moment of silence was established as a ceremonial period of remembrance and meant the suspension of business for a two-minute period beginning at 11 a.m.

The original concept for the moment of silence was a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919 to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of hostilities on the Western Front.

Following the moment of silence, the city’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony will continue with the changing of the flags, which will be done by the Knights of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly and representatives from various armed services recruiting offices.

In addition, the Santa Clarita Veteran’s Day Ceremony will feature musical performances by local favorites Megan Mills, Trish Lester, and members of the Canyon High School Choir.

There are also scheduled speakers including Mayor Bob Kellar, who is an Army veteran; Councilwoman Laurene Weste; Father Olin Mayfield of Saint Clare Catholic Church, who is a veteran who served in the Navy as a chaplain; Dick Jeffrey of the Santa Clarita Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee; and Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami.

The city of Santa Clarita has collaborated with representatives from several local organizations to plan this day of honoring veterans. Organizations that are involved include the Historical Veteran’s Committee, Prayer Angels for the Military, Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons Chapter 82, and Blue Star Mothers SCV Chapter 91.

These organizations work diligently throughout the year to support veterans and active duty military personnel and their families.

The Santa Clarita Veteran’s Day Ceremony is open to all, and we encourage those of all ages to attend as it is important to ensure that our younger generations understand the true meaning of Veterans Day and the enormous sacrifices veterans have made to secure and defend the freedoms of the United States of America.

Please join us
Please join the city of Santa Clarita at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Veteran’s Historical Plaza, which is located at the corner of Market and Walnut streets in Old Town Newhall.

We ask you to please join with our city in honor of all of our veterans and military personnel. For more information about the Santa Clarita Veteran’s Day Ceremony please contact the city of Santa Clarita Arts and Events Office at (661) 286-4018 or visit the city’s Web site at

Laurene Weste is a Santa Clarita City Council member. Her column reflects her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.


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