“Remember those the served: Some gave all, all gave some.”
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect. Even though the Treaty of Versailles wasn’t signed until June 28, 1919, the eleventh of November became known as the end of World War I. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:
“To us in American, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service with gratitude for the victory both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given American to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”
Congress officially recognized the holiday when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. Twelve years later, on May 13, 1938, Armistice Day was proclaimed a legal holiday. After World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved legislation to change the name of the holiday to Veterans Day in honor of American veterans of all wars.
Red River Valley Veteran’s Concert Band:
The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band (RRVVCB) is over fifty years old, getting its start as part of American Legion Gilbert C. Grafton Post 2. The RRVVCB got its start not long after the end of WWII and continued to grow through the Vietnam War. Fast forward to present day and the group still plays over 45 concerts per year.
70% of the band are either veterans or have family members who served. The musicians range in age from the mid-20s to the early 90s. Despite age differences of almost seven decades, the level of patriotism shown by all members of the band is both unmistakable and inspiring.
The RRVVCB plays a mixture of marches, hymns, polkas, waltzes, and even some Latin music. The emotions felt throughout the program come to a climax during the band’s final song, “God Bless America,” a number that truly encapsulates the fervent gratitude owed to each and every veteran.
The RRV Veterans Concert Band will play six concerts on Veteran’s Day. Do yourself a favor and attend at least one. You will not be sorry.
- Fargo Civic Center at 11:00 am
- American Legion in Fargo at 12:00 pm
- Fargo VFW at 2:00 pm
- American Legion in Moorhead at 3:30 pm
- Dilworth VFW at 5:00 pm
- West Fargo VFW at 7:00 pm
The sacrifices that soldiers and their families make on behalf of the citizens of the United States cannot be quantified. On November 11, please take a minute to share your respect and admiration for men and women who served. Our world is a better place because of them.
By Jamee Larson