Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day is a public holiday dedicated to honor anyone who has served in the U.S. military. It began as a day to remember the end of World War I and was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919. The day became known as Veterans Day in 1954.
Locally we can honor and support veterans by attending the annual Veterans Day parade. It will be held downtown Saturday morning, November 7 at 11. The parade this year will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
At 10:00 a.m., a celebration with patriotic music from the South High School band and Madrigal singers and more than 2,000 Wichita JROTC cadets in formation will be held in the Expo Hall of Century II.
Stay for the parade and cheer on each group marching.
After the parade, head to the Waterwalk fountain area (west of the Waterwalk building on Main Street) for the Celebration of Heroes, a get together with parade participants. Activities include a military display from Fort Riley, car show, face painting, lots of food trucks and much more.
Several national franchise restaurants honor veterans by providing a free meal. Find a restaurant near you in Wichita.
In addition to restaurants, several other local attractions will give our country’s veterans free admission. Check out the
* Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
* Historical Museum, 204 S. Main; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
* Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. 1st Street in Old Town, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.