Every year, on November 11, the American people honor all those who served in the military, past, present, and future. Veterans Day is a national holiday that was originally created during the end of World War I when an armistice took effect between the Allies and Germany on November 11. From that day on, November 11 was known as Armistice Day–a day to remember veterans from World War I.
It was during World War II that the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor vets of all wars.
This year’s parade featured many different groups, including local veterans who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.
Multiple bands came out to perform, including the Royal Hawaiian band and Schofield Barracks’ very own 25th Infantry Division Tropic Lightning Band. They filled the streets with uplifting, patriotic music that left us all with a sense of pride and motivation.
Schools from all over the state also showed their support through their marching bands, JROTCs, and other school associations.
Even the girl scouts and boy scouts were seen proudly marching in the parade as well as many other different groups.
All in all, the parade was a great way to show appreciation for all of our men and women in uniform. It was very humbling to see people from all over the state come together to show support.
For those of you in service, past and present, Happy Veterans Day and thank you for all that you do!