When the armistice that effectively ceased hostilities in World War I was declared at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the world marked the end to the bloodiest conflict it had seen.
November 11 would initially serve as a day commemorating the sacrifices of soldiers who gave all during the first world war. Armistice Day would be officially declared a legal holiday in 1938.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation for the first observance of Veterans Day where Nov. 11 would be set aside as a holiday to honor all veterans.
Recently, the Veterans Park Committee of Logan began taking action to update and enhance our local observance of Veterans Day.
Midelburg Island in Logan is the home of a statue of a World War I soldier known as the Doughboy.
The statue was initially placed in front of the old Logan County Courthouse and was later moved to Midelburg Island where monuments were added listing the names of local service members who gave all fighting in foreign wars.
In 2014, the Doughboy and the accompanying monuments on display on Midelburg Island where officially renamed Veterans Park.
Monuments at Veterans Park list the names of service members from Logan who died in wars up to the Vietnam War.
The Veterans Park Committee is currently planning an expansion of the memorials at the park where names of those to perished in modern wars would be added to monuments.
In a fitting tribute, this year’s Veterans Day Parade in Logan will start at the feet of the Doughboy on Midelburg Island, and, in a break from the past, the parade will be held on Nov. 11.
The Veterans Park Committee is currently seeking participants like ROTC units, military personnel, cars, trucks and marching bands for the parade.
The group is encouraging all local supporters of veterans to take part in the parade.
Lineup for the parade is set to start at 9 a.m. Nov.11 at Veterans Park on Midelburg Island.
The parade is set to begin at 10 a.m., and an observance ceremony will be held at Veterans Park at 11 a.m.
Following the observance ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be available for everyone.
Roger Ramey, with the Veterans Park Committee stated, “We wanted to provide a free meal and give people a chance to just sit down and talk with a veteran.”
Anyone seeking more information about the Veterans Day Parade in Logan can contact Ramey at 304-752-3623.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]