Dickinson community to honor America's heroes on Veterans Day
The American Legion Matthew Brew Post #3 will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 at Dickinson State University.
DICKINSON — As Veterans Day approaches, Stark County communities are gearing up to commemorate both former and active military members with events and activities.
Veterans Day is the federal holiday observed annually on Nov. 11, honoring military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, both celebrated to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Several organizations and city schools in Dickinson are preparing to salute those men and women for this year’s Veterans Day.
The Dickinson American Legion Post #3 is bringing back its annual Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, in the Biesiot Activities Center on Dickinson State University's campus. Legionnaire Todd Otto noted the event may be canceled out of concern for public safety, as Dickinson is predicted to see as much as 13 inches of snow by Thursday.
Otto served his country for 20 years in various capacities while enlisted in the U.S. Army, Navy and North Dakota National Guard. He earned the rank of E-5 staff sergeant, and emphasized the importance of honoring all veterans.
“Everyone who signed up to serve this country; no one knew what price they might have to pay. So everyone deserves to be recognized and honored for putting their name on the line, to defend our freedoms,” Otto said. “So that, to me, is the reason this is worth celebrating.”
He commended fellow Legionnaire Rich Braun for all his hard work to honor veterans.
“I don't need to see my name in print. I mean, Rich's done all the legwork to put this thing together,” Otto said. “We don’t do this for our own personal glory or anything. That's not why we do this.”
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, commemorations to veterans on this day trace back to 1918 — the final day of fighting in WWI. Then in 1920 America's French and British allies laid to rest the remains of an unknown soldier on sacred ground. For France this was the Arc de Triomphe; and for Britain the Westminister Abbey in London.
The U.S. followed suit by burying an unidentified hero at the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery, in what is now known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1947 Birmingham, Alabama, became the first American city to officially celebrate Nov. 11 using the term "Veterans Day," marking the occasion with a parade and other festivities.