In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the weapons of World War I fell silent as the world declared an armistice.
A year later, the first Armistice Day was celebrated and ultimately would evolve into Veterans Day, a time to pay tribute to all American veterans — living or dead.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 18.2 million military veterans were living in the United States in 2017, the latest year for which statistics are available. Of that number, 1.6 million veterans are female.
The percent of veterans age 65 or older in 2017 stood at 50%, while just 8.9% of veterans were younger than 35.
In Nebraska, almost 10% of the state’s population are veterans.
The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that in 2018, 496,7777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were still alive. Of those, 3,343 live in Nebraska, according to the National WWII Museum.As Gothenburg honors its veterans Nov. 11 , here are a few of the special events planned.
Veterans Day at Gothenburg High School
10:30 a.m. Nov. 11
- Presentation of Colors by Gothenburg Color Guard
- Welcome by GHS Student Council President Ryan Brown
- Special musical performance by high school choir
- Speaker Navy Petty Officer Second Class Logan Ricley
- Performance of “Thank You, Soldiers” by the high school choir
- Dudley Elementary second-grade students distribute cards to veterans
- “Armed Forces Salute” by the varsity band
- Conclusion, Gothenburg Public Schools Superintendent Todd Rhodes
Veterans and their families are invited to stay for lunch provided by Gothenburg Public Schools.
Veterans Day at Stone Hearth Estates
3:30 p.m. Nov. 11
Robert Schwanz will present the flag, accompanied by the Gothenburg High School drumline.
Gene and Cora Bosch are the guest speakers.
A PowerPoint presentation featuring the military veterans living at Stone Hearth Estates will be shown.
Mary Schwanz will lead a closing song.
Special movie screening
7:30 p.m. Nov. 11
404 10th St.
Free showing of the movie “Hacksaw Ridge,” presented by Stone Hearth Estates
Veterans Day at Brady Schools
9:15 a.m. Nov. 11
Brady Public Schools National Honor Society will host a Veterans Day program at the school.
Veterans will be honored through music and poetry readings in this public event.
The veterans and their spouses are invited to lunch from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the school.