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Veterans Day in Western New York

Veterans Day is a U.S. holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” This was commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day. However, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans and to show appreciation toward them.

Events and Activities around Western New York

The African American Veterans Monument located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park was established in September of 2022. It recognizes the contributions of African Americans who have served and are currently serving in all six branches of the military, during the war and in peace times. African Americans have fought in all 12 of the United States military conflicts since the country’s first war, whether they enlisted voluntarily, or were drafted. This Monument honors the contributions made by African American Veterans.

You can visit the monument at 1 Marine Dr, Buffalo, NY 14202

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