Sauk Valley Community College salutes all Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Please take the opportunity to thank our Veterans for their service and dedication to our freedom, this and every day.
Origins of Veterans Day
According to information from the Veterans Day National Committee, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized a Veterans Day parade for that city on November 11, 1947. Later, U.S. Rep. Edward H. Rees of Kansas proposed legislation changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all who have served.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and issued a Presidential Order directing the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee to organize and oversee the national observance.
In 1968, Congress moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. However, as November 11 was historically significant to so many Americans, Congress returned the observance of Veterans Day to its traditional date in 1978. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. At precisely 11 a.m., a color guard of members from each branch honors America’s war dead at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The President (or designee) places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds “Taps.” The ceremony also includes “Parade of Flags” by veterans’ organizations.
The Difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Memorial Day was originally set aside to remember and honor the men and women killed in battle or who died from wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day, which also remembers those who died, honors all living Veterans for their service in wartime or peacetime, acknowledges their contribution to our national security, and underscores that all who served - living and dead - have sacrificed and done their duty.
Opportunities for Veterans at Sauk include scholarship opportunities through local foundations and grants, state and federal educational benefits, and readjustment counseling and outreach services.
Registration for spring 2016 semester classes is going on now. For more information, call Sauk’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at 815/288-5511, ext. 339.