The Sheridan VAMC will hold the annual VA/Community Veterans Day service at the Sheridan VAMC Auditorium on November 11, 2012 at 11am. This year’s event will include members of the Crow Nation singing and dancing Native American songs that honor the men and women who have served in the United States Military. “We are very excited to host a mini POWWOW for Veterans Day. The Native American culture has a strong history of military service. This event is designed to showcase their heritage and their strong commitment to all men and women in the U.S. Military.” Said Debra Hirschman, Director Sheridan VAMC & CBOCs.
Historically services were held on November 11 at 11am to mark the day the armistice was signed ending World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed the bill that made November 11 Veterans Day. November 11 had previously been known as Armistice Day and honored the men who died in World War I. The new act set aside Veterans Day to remember and honor all military service members who gave their life in service to the United States of America. Each year the Sheridan VAMC has the Veterans Day service focuses on a theme; welcoming home the men and women from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn to the Greatest Generation of World War II soldiers and the faithful men and women who served during the cold war. It is the Sheridan VAMC’s pleasure to serve Veterans every day and Veterans Day is especially important as we remember the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.
The Veterans Day service will begin at 11am on Sunday, November 11, 2012 with the posting of the Colors by the Sheridan American Legion, a welcome from Director Debra Hirschman and then a demonstration of Veteran Honor dances and songs from members of the Crow Nation. The public is welcome to attend the 11am event held the VA’s Auditorium (building 61).