On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will celebrate Veterans Day as a community. This is a day to show appreciation to the men and women who bravely and selflessly served our country. On Veterans Day, let us all remember the sacrifices made by the many heroes who put their lives on the line to protect us.
America celebrated the first anniversary of the end of World War I with Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, and in 1926 Congress passed a resolution to make Nov. 11 an annual observance. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Remarkably, nearly 500,000 military veterans call Indiana home. Here in the Hoosier state, there are a variety of programs available to support our Hoosier veterans.
The Indiana Veteran Owned Small Business program promotes meaningful business opportunities between the state and veteran-owned companies. The Indiana Department of Administration has set a goal of awarding at least 3 percent of the state’s contracts to these entrepreneurs who have served our country. More information on this program can be found on the IDOA website at in.gov/idoa.
The Next Level Veterans program helps both Hoosier and out-of-state veterans looking to locate to Indiana put their skills to use in the civilian workforce. Attracting veterans to Indiana and bringing together public and private organizations to employ discharged military personnel is another important approach to help support these American heroes. At in.gov/veterans, you can find resources on housing and job training. Veterans can also select a career path they are interested in and the site will match them with training opportunities.
For those who would like to participate in local events honoring veterans this year, there will be plenty of opportunities. East Washington Elementary School in Pekin is inviting all veterans to participate in its annual Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the school gymnasium. Throop Elementary School in Paoli will be hosting a similar program from 8:45- 9:45 a.m. that day. Crothersville Community Schools is inviting the public, including all veterans, to participate in their Veterans Day program at 1:25 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the school gymnasium. The American Legion Post #204 will also be hosting a Veterans Day program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Sellersburg. Tickets for veterans are free and guests cost $5. French Lick is hosting the Veterans Day Weekend Celebration Nov. 9-11 with performances by Ladies for Liberty and the Daviess County Courthouse Singers.
Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those who have served in our military during times of war and peace, and we can never thank them enough for their sacrifice. Take a moment to say thank you to those who have served and continue to serve our country every day and try to take part in a Veterans Day program near you. To all of our veterans, thank you for your courage and commitment to our community and country.
State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,
Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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