In upcoming days, citizens across the country will be commemorating the nation's service men and women as they observe Veterans Day, a national holiday “started to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service,” according to www.military.com.
It falls on Nov. 11, thanks to its origins as Armistice Day, “because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to 'Veterans Day' in order to account for all veterans in all wars,” the site noted.
County and city government offices in Cherokee County will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday, as will financial institutions, post offices and libraries, such as the Jacksonville Public Library.
Locally, celebrations include:
• Rusk – Truckerz – located at 1204 W 6th St. in Rusk – will host a celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring free hamburgers and a free concert, with donations going to support the veterans of Cherokee County.
On Monday, also in Rusk, a ceremony honoring all veterans will be held at Plyler Memorial Park in the city's downtown, beginning at 5 p.m. Monday. A special dedication and plaque will honor the lives of two local men.
• Jacksonville – Marine Corps League – Jacksonville Detachment #1381 will provide a color guard Monday morning for Walmart employees, then will present colors at 5:30 p.m. prior to a Jacksonville College women's basketball game against Hill College, at Curtis Carroll Field House, according to detachment member Dennis Strickland.
• Lake Striker – At Lake Striker Resort, all fishing and boat ramp fees will be waived for veterans, while the resort's restaurant will offer beverages and dessert to veterans at no charge. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Texas State Parks are waiving day-use fees at all 80 of its parks for all visitors this Sunday. For a list of parks, visit wwww.TexasStateParks.org.
Meanwhile, active-duty military and their families receive free year-round admission at the 31 Texas State Historic Sites. Military branches include U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as members of the reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps.
For a list of Veterans Day discounts and events offered across the country, visit www.military.com.