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  • Tuesday, November 08, 2005


    METRO TALK- Orange Veterans Day

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    A news service of the Greater Orange Communities Organization
    VETERANS DAY Friday November 11, 2005
    While the City of Orange’s 4th Annual Veterans Memorial Service does not have the national prestige of the official California Memorial Observance in Alameda, the local event sponsored by local American Legion Post 132 has quickly gained stature as well as being a local favorite for one of the nation’s most revered holiday’s. This year, a special photographic presentation of over 100 historical photos expands the local observance with a special Civic Center showing.

    The City of Orange will hold the 4th Annual Veterans Day Celebration Friday, November 11, 2005 at Depot Park starting at 2:00 p.m. honoring past Orange Veterans and current military. Last year’s observance included local decorated World War II Veterans Capt. A. Murphy and Sgt. Walter Ehlers. The program this year will again feature live entertainment, inspirational words, and refreshments. In addition, Michael and Gayle Merino will be recognized for donating their time, energy and services for the installation of a Veterans Memorial Flag Pole at the Depot Park Orange Veteran Memorial site.

    On November 10th in the Weimer Room of the Orange Civic Center, a special photo exhibit, “Shades of Orange/Cypress Street Barrio” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Photos of the Cypress Street barrio’s military service veterans who served America during World War II and other wars is one highlight of the exhibit. More than 65 veterans came from the four-block area that was the Cypress Street barrio, which is located just west of Glassell Street and north of Chapman Avenue in Old Towne Orange. The exhibition is a collaborative effort of several organizations that worked together to gather the photos and stage the exhibit included Orange Public Library, the Orange Barrio Historical Society, Old Towne Preservation Association, Chapman University, EDAW, Inc., and The Enlarger. In addition, Special support for the veterans’ photos was provided by Joanne Coontz, former Orange Mayor and Councilmember. The special showing will feature over 100 of the 400 photographs in the collection. A special website will go online November 10th (See below).

    Veterans Day is a holiday with by far the most interesting history of any of the national holidays. The observance began with the end of World War I, (referred to simply as The Great War since no one could imagine any war being greater), with the implementation of an armistice, a temporary cessation of hostilities until the final peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles, was signed in 1919. After four years of conflict, the signing between the Allies and Germany took place in the Forest of Compiegne at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November(the eleventh month), 1918. President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day in 1919. The original concept for the celebration was for the suspension of business for a two minute period beginning at 11 A.M., with the day also marked by parades and public meetings.

    On the second anniversary of the armistice in 1920, U.S. allies France and the United Kingdom held ceremonies honoring their unknown dead from the war. In the U.S, at the suggestion of church groups, President Wilson named the Sunday nearest Armistice Day Sunday, on which should be held services in the interest of international peace. In 1921, Congress passed legislation approving the establishment of a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and November 11 is chosen for the date of the ceremony. In 1938, Congress passes legislation making November 11 a legal Federal holiday, Armistice Day (the U.S. has no ‘real’ national holidays because the states retain the right to designate their own holidays, but almost always follow the Federal lead in designation of holidays.).

    On June 1, 1954 President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. The name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans. In 1968, new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. Protests made it apparent; however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. States across the nation began to move the observance back to November 11th (California moved it back in 1975). In response to the widespread moves back to November 11th, Congress returned the observance to its traditional date for federal workers and the District of Columbia in 1978.

    Orange’s November 11th Veterans Day Memorial is sponsored by American Legion Post 132. Post 132 was organized in 1919 and met for almost a decade in Orange City Hall’s basement until the current Legion Hall was dedicated June 3, 1928. Other community members, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to share sponsorship as a community partner of this event and other City of Orange community events through Special Events Sponsorship Program. Contributors are recognized through a variety of ways including some in the City of Orange’s Progress Magazine. Sponsors at various levels include community organizations like the Community Foundation of Orange, businesses like Quan’s Rock’ in Sushi, and individuals like William Steiner and Villa Park City Council Members Patricia Bortle and Bob Bell (for a complete list CLICK ON: For an online sponsorship brochure CLICK ON:

    For further information on Friday’s event or Community Sponsorships call the Special Event Hotline at (714) 744-7278 or email Pamela Passow at
    For more information about the “Shades of Orange/Cypress Street Barrio” photo exhibit or website, please contact Library Administration at (714) 288-2471 or see the website below. The photo show will be on display at the Weimer Room of the Orange Civic Center, during business hours through Dec. 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. located at 300 E. Chapman Ave, Orange.

    Shades of Orange: Cypress Street Barrio LINK: of Congress Veterans History Project LINK:
    American Legion Letters From the Front LINK:
    American Legion Veteran’s Day E-Cards (electronic greeting cards for Veterans)
    First Veterans Day Proclamation from Pres. Eisenhower LINK:
    Pres. Bush 2005 Proclamation LINK:
    Veterans Day History LINK: Day Historic Poster LINK:
    Arlington National Cemetery Historical Burial Information LINK:
    MAP to Orange Depot Park LINK:
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