Thursday, November 30, 2017 —
By George “Bud” Scholl, Mayor
For the past 98 years, our country has been recognizing those who have served in the armed forces.
It all began in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the fighting of World War I stopped per the terms of an armistice agreement. At that time, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation declaring November 11 Armistice Day. In 1954, lawmakers believed the veterans from World War II and the Korean War also deserved their own day of remembrance. President Eisenhower changed the name of Armistice Day to the more comprehensive Veterans Day.
In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Veterans Day from November 11 to the fourth Monday in October. Based upon its historic and patriotic significance, most veterans organizations and several states did not agree with the date change and continued to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11. So in 1975, Congress passed another bill moving Veterans Day back to November 11 where it has stayed ever since.
I can think of very few things that are more important in our society than honoring our men and women in uniform as well as their families. Heritage Park is our northern most park, and it is here where we have a wall commemorating the members of the armed services who are current or past residents of our City. This is our small way of thanking them for their service to our country. With this installation, it is only fitting that we hold our annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Heritage Park in front of this area of commemoration. If you or a loved one is a Sunny Isles Beach resident who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, you can now begin an application to be added to the memorial wall. Every year, new names of Sunny Isles Beach military veterans are added to the wall during our Veterans Day Ceremony. Applications are accepted until Sept. 1, 2018 and can be found online at sibfl.net/resident/register-veterans.