Mower County Senior Center: Veterans Day history
Monday is Veterans Day, and the Senior Center will be closed in observance.
While many realize that Veterans Day is a day to honor our veterans, few realize the historical significance behind Nov. 11.
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I. Hostilities officially ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on Nov. 11, regardless of the day of the week. Some 20 million people died in World War I, which raged for more than four years, starting in August 1914. The complete end of the war came with the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919.
In 1938, Armistice Day was made a legal federal holiday. However, after World War II and the Korean War, Congress recognized a need to expand the meaning of the day to recognize all veterans, not just those of World War I. In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" as a way to formally include all veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance.
On Monday, take a moment to say thank you to a veteran.
Don't forget our coffee shop, where every day you can have homemade soup for $1 and a sandwich for 50 cents. On Tuesday, we are serving tator tot hotdish for $2.
Monday: Closed in honor of Veterans Day.
Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise w/Evie, 9 a.m.; Hormel breakfast biscuits and gravy, 9 a.m.; tator tot hotdish, 11:30 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; glasses adjustment, 2 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba/Zumba Toning, 5:15 p.m. and 6:35 p.m.; yoga, 7:40 p.m.
Wednesday: Wood Carvers, 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; macular degeneration support group 10 a.m.; Ron's Massage, 10:30 a.m.; duplicate bridge, noon; cards, 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Boot Camp, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise w/Evie, 9 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; open chess 1 p.m.; hearing aid check, 3:15 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba/Zumba Toning, 5:15 p.m. and 6:35 p.m.; yoga, 7:40 p.m.
Friday: Sons of Norway Bake Sale, 8 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; ping pong 3 p.m.
Sara Schafer is executive director of the Mower County Senior Center.