Monroe County Veterans Association, Inc.


   Parade Route For Veterans Day 2013
  Sunday November 10th 

Line up and staging will begin at 10:00 am at Stroudsburg High School parking lot areas. ( address 1100 West Main St.) 

At 12:00pm Parade Units will leave High School, left on to Main St. continue on Main to lower Main.

Making left on to Kane St, then right on to McConnell St. continuing on McConnell to Veterans Bridge into East- Stroudsburg.

On to Washington St continue on Washington then left on to Day St (Rudy's Bar) Ending in Dansbury Park. 

And May We All Have A Safe And Happy Veterans Day Parade. 

  Please read all information, print out all five info links.
  Fill out all required information, sign and initial where needed.
  Mail to: c/o Chairman L. Kirchner 141 Butch Ln. Saylorsburg, Pa. 18353
  
  You will receive a confirmation email with further information. 
   **Please make checks payable to: Monroe County Veterans Association**   
  Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
  On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans' organization for Union Civil War veterans, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for "Decoration Day" to be observed annually and nationwide. It was observed for the first time that year on May 30; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle. According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.


  Members of the U.S. Army's Old Guard at the tomb of the
  Unknowns during a wreath-laying ceremony. 

  There is no better place to understand the TRUE meaning
  of Memorial Day than at Arlington National Cemetery, and
  specifically at the Tomb of the Unknowns. This is one of the few places in 
  America where " Memorial Day " dose not automatically equal "barbecues"
  "picnics" or worse yet "mattress sales"...
  Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France
 My great,great uncle Sergeant Howard C. Lehy is buried here.
 During WWI he received the Distinguished Service Cross for
 extraordinary heroism,{Posthumously}. He served in the Army
  Company B,311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division A.E.F. 


  He was KIA on October 17th,1918
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                                                While many realize that Veterans Day, which always falls on November 11, is a day to honor our Veterans, few realize the historical significance behind the day.
   Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.
   In 1919, President Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day with these 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..."
   The day was originally set aside to honor the Veterans of World War I with a day of parades and remembrances as well as a pause in activities at 11am on the day. In 1938, it was made a legal federal holiday for all.
   However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all of our Veterans and not just those of World War I.
   In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" as a way to formally include all Veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance. Today, Veterans Day is a federal holiday which many cities celebrate with parades and ceremonies.
   In Washington, D.C., there are ceremonies throughout the city including a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.
   Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve today.
   Americans are encouraged to say thank you to those who fulfill this patriotic duty to maintain the freedoms of our country. 

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