Allender encourages public to participate in Veterans Day activities

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In honor of Veterans Day, Mayor Steve Allender is encouraging everyone in the community to participate in patriotic activities and display the U.S. flag this Saturday. Activities include a parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Rapid City and a luncheon to follow at the VFW Post Home.

Read the mayor's proclamation below.

Executive Proclamation

Rapid City, South Dakota

Office of the Mayor

WHEREAS, On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, Allied nations and Germany entered into an armistice which resulted in the temporary cessation of hostilities in World War I, “the war to end all wars”; and

WHEREAS, To commemorate the signing of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles officially ending “The Great War” President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as “Armistice Day”, a day for America to “reflect with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the service of their country”; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of the response to the greatest mobilization of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen in the Nation’s history required by World War II and the American forces that fought aggression in Korea, Congress amended the 1938 Act officially establishing “Armistice Day” by replacing the word “Armistice” with “Veterans” thereby making November 11 a day to honor American veterans of all wars; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of the American commitment to patriotism, love of country, and the willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good as witnessed by the more than 37.6 million men and women who answered the call to serve in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm and by the men and women who continue to serve in the Global War on Terror; and

WHEREAS, The Rapid City area has a rich military history and tradition with Rapid City serving as the home base for the South Dakota National Guard since World War I and nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base serving a key role in the nation’s defense and protection for the past 75 years; and Rapid City residents appreciate the service of the men and women who have and continue to serve proudly; and

WHEREAS, We as citizens of Rapid City salute the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States of America and the families who have served alongside them and affirm our sacred duty as citizens to express our enduring gratitude, both in word and in action, for their service.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Steve Allender, Mayor of Rapid City, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim this Saturday, November 11, 2017 as

Veterans Day

Which is annually celebrated throughout the nation on November 11th to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and to reaffirm love of flag and country. I further urge all individuals, schools, churches, organizations, business establishments and homes within our community to proudly display the flag of the United States of America and to participate in the patriotic activities planned for November 11, 2017.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the seal of the City of Rapid City this 11th day of November, 2017.

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