Veterans Day program set at memorial in Brownwood

Steve Nash / Brownwood Bulletin
Plaques honoring Bataan Death March survivor Norman Chesser of Brownwood and Maj. Gen. Earl Rudder, who was instrumental in the D-Day invasion and was former mayor of Brady, will be dedicated Wednesday

A Veterans’ Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Central Texas Veterans Memorial.

State Sen. Dawn Buckingham will be the keynote speaker.

Retired Navy Commander Chaplain Jim Looby will dedicate a plaque honoring Brownwood veteran Norman Chesser, who survived the Bataan Death March in World War II.

State Rep.-elect Glenn Rogers will dedicate a plaque honoring Maj. Gen. Earl Rudder, who was instrumental in the D- Day invasion at Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Rudder was a former president of Texas A&M University and was a former mayor of Brady.

Masks and social distancing are appreciated. Some chairs are available, but you may want to bring a lawn chair to maintain social distancing.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website:

Two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.