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On Veterans Day take a moment to remember

Friday, November 11, will be a day of remembrance for all veterans and their families throughout communities all around the state and nation.

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11, to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.

More specifically, major hostilities of the war formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice. The day was formally dedicated by King George V on Nov. 7, 1919, in observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during the war.

Consequently, it was first known as Armistice Day, but was given its new name of Veterans Day after the end of World War II, and thereafter celebrated as such, today honoring those who served in World War I (dwindling numbers), World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and those who have served and are still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those who have served the nation in times of peace.

On that note, special programs will be planned to celebrate the freedom all of us are enjoying as a result of veterans' efforts, meaning even so much more during these trying times when veterans serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and other points around the world, are losing their lives on a daily basis in an effort to preserve and protect our basic freedoms.

One of the most impressive tributes in West Fargo continues to be the Veterans Memorial on 17th Avenue, on the fringe of Maplewood Park, featuring the names of local veterans - both living and dead - accented by four flags - POW MIA, North Dakota, United States and the West Fargo Park District, who oversees the city's park network.

Viewing the monument certainly gives you pause to reflect as you scroll the names etched in the stone for posterity.

If you haven't yet made a trip out to the monument, doing so would be a good way to spend part of Veterans Day Friday.

There will also be plenty of activity at the West Fargo VFW Post during their annual observance that honors all veterans for their patriotism, service and sacrifice to the country; as well as for their ongoing commitment after their service years have concluded.

Stopping in and visiting with a veteran and acknowledging their contributions would be an excellent way to cap off your week and observe this extremely meaningful day.