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The 85th Year: Celebrating Veterans Day


Sacrifice, valor, and bravery are the signs of the heroes that have fought for our country. We are given the opportunity to celebrate these heroes every year on November 11, Veterans Day.

Armistice Day, otherwise known as Veterans Day, celebrates 85 years as a day to recognize the great veterans of our country. Being a holiday that was birthed from the hardships of war, Veterans Day will be commemorated at GRC Friday to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. 

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November in 1918, World War 1 ceased fighting. Seven months later, the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending ‘the war to end all wars.’

Even though the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, the United States of America recognized Armistice Day as a federal holiday on May 13, 1938, and we have been honoring veterans ever since. 

GRC has its very own assembly each year which celebrates the sacrifice, valor, and bravery veterans have given up. Especially since most of the veterans who attend this assembly have close relations to GRC students, this ceremony is important on so many levels.

Cardinal Singers, band, orchestra, and JROTC help make this assembly the best they can, providing music and festivities for the many veterans who attend this ceremony, as we recognize those who served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, and potentially even the space force.

It has been 85 years since the United States of America began recognizing Armistice Day as a federal holiday, and we still celebrate it to this day. Join us on Nov. 10 for GRC’s Veteran’s Day assembly to honor these men and women who have fought so valiantly for our country. 

And to all the veterans, thank you for the sacrifices you have made for our country. For that, we salute you.


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