It was when the guns stopped to signal the end of World War I — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Originally called Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, the annual observance was established by President Woodrow Wilson and first commemorated on Nov. 11, 1919.
In 1926, the United States Congress passed a resolution commemorating the end of World War I with these words: “It is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations …”
In 1938 before the outbreak of WWII in 1939, a formal act of Congress made Nov. 11 each year a legal holiday. In 1954, following the Korean conflict, Congress renamed the holiday Veterans Day.
Nov. 11 honors American men and women who gave their lives serving their country, as well as veterans from all America’s conflicts.
Idyllwild’s American Legion Post 800 will observe this solemn occasion, on Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. Organizers hope to have a speaker, but at this time, that is not yet set. As part of the ceremony, an honor guard will perform the traditional folding of the flag ceremony, with each fold honoring service in a particular war or conflict in which American military men and women fought.
Depending on weather conditions, the service may be held outside. There will be three rounds of rifle volleys honoring those who gave their lives after which Cid Castillo, former Navy petty officer 3rd Class, will play taps.
Castillo said the service should last until about 11:45. A free sub-sandwich luncheon served by the Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary will follow. All community members are welcome to attend.
The Idyllwild Brewpub is offering 50-percent off all food that day for veterans.
Also, veterans may partake in a free pancake breakfast at the Soboba Café in the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. You will have the choice between two bacon strips or juicy sausage, and two light and fluffy pancakes with two eggs any style.
Bring proof of service to any Club Soboba counter to redeem. Dine-in only.