Honoring Our Veterans
Veteran’s Day is the time of the year that we honor and remember those who have fought for our country. Surprisingly we know less about it with each passing year. So here’s a list of facts that will keep you remembering what this special day is all about!
- Originally known as Armistice Day, this date was a celebration of the end of the fighting in the “Great War”. Peace between the Allied nations and Germany was declared at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918. In the past, on Veteran’s Day, all business activities were stopped momentarily in memory of that hour. Parades and public gatherings were the common way to spend Veteran’s Day.
- After the Korean War and World War II took place, Armistice Day became known as Veteran’s Day to celebrate all American Veterans. In 1938, Veterans Day was declared a United States Federal Holiday, and unidentified soldiers were laid to rest at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and in London at Westminster Abbey.
- During the year 1968, the Uniform Holiday Bill was passed to assure all federal employees could celebrate four national holidays with a three day weekend. Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Columbus Day were then all decided to be celebrated on a Monday.
- In the year 1975, President Gerald R. Ford began to realize that the date of November eleventh held great significance and historical meaning too many citizens around the country. As a patriotic salute to the historical end of World War II, Veteran’s Day was returned to its original date of November eleventh in the year 1978.
- If November eleventh falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the Friday prior, and if it falls on a Sunday it is celebrated on the following Monday.
- Other countries such as Canada, Britain, France, and Australia also celebrate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or around November eleventh, and on the eleventh hour of that day we all observe a moment of silence.
Lady Luck Casino® Caruthersville is also celebrating this day of honor and remembrance with a few special promotions. Any United States veteran at the Lady Luck Casino is welcome to a free meal at Otis and Henry’s® Bar and Grill on November 11 from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. (Proper military identification must be shown by all United States veterans.)
The casino also has a few other ways non-veteran patriots can celebrate the holiday. Beginning at 10 am on November 11, the first 200 patrons that have an active Fan Club card will snag a cool prize. Just mention the secret phrase “I Love the USA” and you’ll get a flag set as a patriotic item of honor.
The Veteran’s Day Salute to cash will give any patron who is gaming with their Fan Club card a chance to win $100 dollars. Drawings will be held between the hours of 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM the afternoon of November 11, as well as between the hours of 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM the same evening. Five prizes of $100 each will be given away to the lucky winners of each drawing.
Do not forget the celebration is to honor the veterans of the United States. Whether they serve during times of peace or times of war, they are willing to do whatever is needed, including sacrificing themselves, to protect and serve our country. Veteran’s Day is a time to remember this dedication. Remember the bravery and the determination shown by those who are willing to put the needs of the country before their own.