By Darren Nelson, feature writer for My Local Utah
Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are honored every November 11, for Veterans Day. Layton City will celebrate and honor veterans this year with a Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 12.
Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 because major hostilities of World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. President Eisenhower and the U.S. Congress changed the national day from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans of the U.S. military.
Veteran Day events are great learning opportunities for adults and children alike to understand the service and sacrifice of our veterans in service to our country. It is a good educational exercise to help teach children about military service and how it has played a role in our nation’s history. Take the opportunity to find a veteran at a Veterans Day event this weekend and thank them for their service. Such opportunities will be available this weekend in Layton.
Layton City in partnership with the Northern Utah Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) will host the 16th annual Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The Veterans Parade is an event to honor and remember all men and women who have served and are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. This year will mark the 4th time the annual parade has been held in Layton City.
Parade festivities will start at 11:11 am. The route will proceed along Wasatch Drive, through Layton Commons Park (Constitution Circle), and end at the south end of Layton Commons Park, near Hawthorne Drive. The parade will cycle through the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial within the park, a replica memorial of the original in Washington D.C. All community organizations as well as veterans’ groups are invited to participate in the parade.
Anyone that desires to say thank you to veterans is welcome to attend or participate in the parade. No political statements or references will be allowed in the parade. The parade lineup is at 9:30 am, in the parking lot at 789 Wasatch Drive. Immediately following the Veterans Parade, Layton City in partnership with the VVA will conduct a short ‘Veterans Honors Ceremony’ at the Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica site. The ‘Veterans Honors Ceremony’ is scheduled to start at the conclusion of the Veterans Parade, at approximately 12:30 pm.
For more information about being in, or attending the parade, visit the official website here.