Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans

Honor & Remembrance | Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day began on November 11, 1919 on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and eventually November 11th became a national holiday paying tribute to all American Veterans, living and dead, with special recognition to living veterans who served our country honorably during war or peacetime.

Eleven | World War I officially ended on the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ in 1918. Veteran’s Day is November 11th to honor that timing. Europe, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia also commemorate veterans during this time of year. Europe and Great Britain also observe two minutes of silence at 11:00AM every November 11.

Today’s Veterans | The men and women who serve in the U.S. Military now are our neighbors, co-workers, parents, children, friends, and come from all walks of life. Over 18 million of our living veterans have served in at least one war. Women make up 9 percent of current U.S. veterans. 2 million veterans served during the Korean War. 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War. 3 million veterans served in support of the War on Terrorism. We have about a half a million living World War II veterans. The states with the highest veteran populations are Alaska, Maine, and Montana respectively.

2020 Observances

Many observances will be held virtually this year. We are sharing some that you may enjoy viewing.

Commonwealth of Virginia’s Ceremony

November 11th at 11:00AM to 12:00PM

An observance will be held at the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. The ceremony will be livestreamed here.

Old Dominion University Veteran’s Day Observance

November 10th at 12:30 to 1:30PM

A ceremony featuring Rocky Bleier, Army Veteran and Former NFL Player for The Pittsburgh Steelers. This virtual event requires an online RSVP. 

City of Chesapeake Veteran’s Day Memorial Ceremony

November 11th at 11:00AM

The public, former and current members of the U.S. military, and their families, are invited to join city officials, other local veterans, and community leaders for a special Veteran’s Day Ceremony on the steps of City Hall at 306 Cedar Road.

North Carolina Veteran’s Day Virtual Ceremony

November 11th at 11:00AM

PJ Moore, a hundred year old WWII surgeon who took care of our heroes wounded at the Battle of The Bulge will be the keynote speaker. Click here, then click the ‘LIVE NOW’ button at the top of the page for the live event. 

Veteran’s Day Virtual Ceremony Courtesy of VITAS
November 11th at 3:00 to 4:00PM

A traditional Veteran’s Day celebration with patriotic songs, recognition, and reflection. Click here to sign up for the link to the event.


Virtual 37th Annual St. Louis Regional Veteran’s Day Parade

November 11th at 12:00PM

A unique virtual parade has been planned by the city of St. Louis as a way of thanking veterans for their service. Join via Zoom here. 

We want to thank you for your service, and we hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy one of these events. If you know of any other events, we invite you to share them in the comments below so others can enjoy them too! If you have any questions regarding buying or selling your home, and your options for VA financing, please contact us today. We are here to help.

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