Heritage Woods of Watseka hosted our 15th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast for veterans and their families.

Hospice of Kankakee Valley organized a pinning ceremony for the four veterans from Heritage Woods. The ceremony ackowledged the sacrifices that the veterans have made and thanked them for their service. Each resident received a certificate and a lapel pin. Patriotic music played, and the event featured speeches by Veterans Liaison Reggie Snyder and Director of Community Relations Katie Canada.

While many people know that Veterans Day is on Nov. 11, and it is a day that honor our veterans, few realize the significance behind the day.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and marked the end of World War I. This occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, and that is why Veterans Day is a celebrated on November 11th.

Armistice Day originally honored the Veterans of World War 1, but, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress thought that all of our veterans and not just those of World War I needed to be recognized.

In 1954, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” as a way to include all veterans in the day of remembrance.

At Heritage Woods, we believe that our veterans need recognized every day, and we encourage our veterans to talk about their service to our country any time of the year. Thank you to all the men, women and families who have sacrificed so much for our country, so that we can remain safe and free!