Humboldt County, Ca., (KIEM)- Men and women who join the US Armed Forces sign a blank check, willing to pay the ultimate price for the safety, security and freedom of each and every American Citizen. In the United States, military service members are celebrated on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, on what was once known as Armistice Day (marking the end of WWI). President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the one who officially marked November 11th Veteran’s day.
In Eureka, local rotarians host a Veteran’s Day Program at the Adorni Center. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served as color guard, presenting the flags for each branch of the military. Eureka High School’s choir and symphonic band performed patriotic songs, and the Humboldt Highland Pipe Band also performed. A Coast Guard Fly-Over was arranged for the end of the ceremony, and guardsmen also presented a “missing man table ceremony” for fallen soldiers and prisoners of war.
Later, in Fortuna, the Mad River Honor Guard presented the colors and played taps for what would be the sixth ceremony they’ve attended in the last four days. Then Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran Crystal Morse presented a talk titled “This Side of the Uniform.”