Since 1920, the Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 has hosted the annual Veterans' Day program. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the veterans will once again be at their post on the west side of the Erath County Courthouse square. Due to the holiday falling on a Sunday, the Stephenville observance has been scheduled for Nov. 10.

A reception will be held prior to the ceremony from 9-10:15 a.m.

Tarleton's ROTC will provide the color guard and rifle team. Commander Ken Bailey, Post 240, is this year's master of ceremonies who will introduce speaker General Don Daniel, U.S. Army retired, from Mason.

The ceremony is scheduled to end at precisely 11 a.m. to coincide with the signing of the truce at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 which was called Armistice Day that ended World War I.

President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legal legislation to change the name of the legal holiday to Veterans' Day.

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SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at or 254-965-3124, ext. 229.