Nov 17, 2013

Veteran’s Day Parade helps young learn and old remember

GREENVILLE – One of the longest standing traditions in the City of Greenville is the annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Rain or shine, warm or cold, the streets are lined with onlookers while the Darke County Honor Guard and the Greenville High School Band marches down Broadway. They stop in front of the Darke County Courthouse where veterans from all eras, living and deceased, are honored. Young and old alike stood in reverence throughout the ceremony. Students from St. Mary’s School and the Greenville City School District made their way to the location of the ceremony to learn why we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

In 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an armistice (agreement) was signed by the Allies of the Western Front and Germany to end World War I. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared the day as Armistice Day. After World War II the name of the day was changed to Veteran’s Day to fully recognize veterans from all wars and conflicts. On June 1, 1954 Congress officially changed the name to Veteran’s Day.

As soon as the courthouse clock struck 11 a.m. the troops were called to attention and a 21-gun salute was sounded to honor those who have fallen. The playing of taps by two Greenville High School students followed. The band then played the National Anthem to end the ceremony.

Students from a nearby school waived flags and stood with reverence during the Veteran’s Day Parade. (Ryan Berry photo)

The Darke County Honor Guard stood at parade rest as they waited for the courthouse clock to strike 11 a.m. (Ryan Berry photo)

Floyd Foureman placed a wreath at the Darke County Veteran’s Memorial honoring those who have lost their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. (Ryan Berry photo)

A Greenville high school trumpeter played taps. (Ryan Berry photo)


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