While Veterans Day will be recognized with ceremonies on Monday, the official observance is today. Originally, the day was set aside to remember the end of World War I, which was brought to a close during the 11th month and at the 11th and at the 11th hour of the 11th day. It would stay that way from 1919 until 1971 when it was switched, by federal law, to the fourth Monday in October. That action proved so unpopular, that in September of 1975, the day of recognition was returned to November 11th, where it continues to be observed to this day.
There will be a Veterans Day program at the Sevastopol Town Hall. The event will begin at 1pm and will pay special tribute to those who served during World War II. A number of veterans will tell their stories, some in person, others recorded. The program is free and light refreshments will be served. The Sevastopol Town Hall is located at 4528 Highway 57 in Institute, just 5 miles North of Sturgeon Bay.
The Peninsula Symphonic Band will be joined by the New Day Singers for a Veterans Day concert today at Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay, starting at 3pm. Each group will perform individually before coming together for several patriotic songs. There will be even be an opportunity for the audience to join in and sing. It’s free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the local Veterans’ Council.
A special get-together to celebrate our hometown heroes is set for 4pm today at the AmericInn in Sturgeon Bay. Door County residents are asked to show how much you care by providing local military families with gifts that bring joy and serve as a reminder that we are grateful for their service. You’re invited to help stuff 50 bags with teddy bears, activities, and supplies. There will also be time for swimming and pizza. The AmericInn Lodge and Suites is located at 622 South Ashland Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay is inviting all veterans and active duty military to enjoy a free Veterans Day entree today. Simply inform the server that you have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. The late Al Johnson was a member of the 101st Airborne during World War II. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant is open today until 8pm.