The African American Military History Museum (AAMHM) will host an open house in honor of all veterans on Wednesday, November 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and a special token of appreciation will be given to all veterans. waiting for.
“Veterans Day is a special time for us here at the African American Military History Museum,” said Latoya Norman, director of museums. “We honor our veterans every day in our museum, but Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to further recognize the service and selflessness of our men and women who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. ”
The first celebration using the term Veterans Day was in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, hosted “National Veterans Day,” which included a parade and other festivities, to honor all veterans. The event took place on November 11, then designated Armistice Day. Later, U.S. Representative Edward Rees from Kansas proposed a bill that would change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1954, Congress passed the bill signed by President Dwight Eisenhower, proclaiming November 11 Veterans Day. Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizens’ Medal from President Reagan in November 1982. The Weeks parade and local ceremonies are now an annual event celebrated across the country.
For more information on the Veterans Open House at the African American Military History Museum, call 601-450-1942 or follow Instagram at hburguso and Facebook at the African American Military History Museum.