2020 VETERANS DAY MESSAGE
The Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial Association extends heartfelt best wishes to all. Though the pandemic makes it necessary to cancel our 2020 Veterans Day Ceremony, conveying this Veterans Day Message helps us to remain loyal to the purpose of this federal holiday — honoring the persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Veterans Day, originally called "Armistice Day," is still associated with the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when World War I ended. In 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I, the President of the United States promulgated a message to all Americans concerning the importance of the day. In 1926, the United States Congress adopted a resolution requesting that the President of the United States issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of Armistice Day with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved in 1938 made November 11 of each year a legal holiday. After World War II, the purpose of Armistice Day expanded to recognize veterans of all wars. In time, further formal action by the President of the United States and the United States Congress resulted in the "Veterans Day" observance and federal holiday that honors military veterans. For our Nation, it is a fundamentally important annual occasion.
In 1994, the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial was dedicated and became the site for annual Veterans Day Ceremonies. Veterans, youth groups, and patriotic citizens from all walks of life within our community are among the participants or attendees. Our programs intentionally include many youth in order to provide them an opportunity to participate in patriotic events that encourage both public service and a commitment to lifelong responsible citizenship. Keynote speakers over the years include members of United States Congress and the Federal Judiciary, General and Flag Officers on the Armed Forces, local political leaders, and many others.
During its history, the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial was the venue for over seventy public patriotic ceremonies, particularly our annual ceremonies on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. Next year will mark the twenty-seventh year of the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial and it is our hope that 2021 we will also mark the resumption of public patriotic ceremonies at the Memorial.
In the meantime, please visit the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial, which is located alongside the small lake at picturesque Webb Park (11666 Avena Place, San Diego, California 92128). It is a peaceful place for every citizen to include those with no military experience and no direct family relations with veterans. It is a solemn place that reminds visitors of the patriotic values Americans share with one another — especially selfless service.
The Memorial decked out with service flags for Veterans Day:
Please have a safe and meaningful Veterans Day. A hearty thank you to all veterans and for many of these veterans, "Welcome home."