By: Brooke Mortsolf

Information about the 2018 Leavenworth County Parade

The Leavenworth Veteran’s Day parade is on Monday, November 12, 2018. The parade is being held in the historic downtown Leavenworth from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year’s theme is “The War To End All Wars.” Fort Leavenworth has held a parade since 1919. The parade incorporates the color guard who leads the parade and the military marching contingents that will include international officers, according to the event page on Facebook. There are millions of veterans in the United States and the parade is one way the Leavenworth veterans are honored. 

History of Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day was originally called Armistice Day because November 11 was the day the Germans signed the Armistice. Armistice is an agreement between the allies and Germany to cease fire on World War I. Veterans Day is on November 11 because that was the day WWI ended “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” according to the Leavenworth County Veteran’s Day Parade page. President Eisenhower was the one to change Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. Veterans day was officially made into a holiday in 1938. There was a brief time that Veteran’s Day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October before going back and celebrating it on November 11th. 


Government officials and banks will be closed Monday, for the holiday – which happens every year. Veteran’s day “partially complement[s] Memorial Day, which honors the [veterans who died] according to the Leavenworth County Veteran’s Day Parade page. Veteran’s Day is an important holiday to let our Veteran’s know that we thank them for their service and all of our freedoms that result from that service. 

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Brooke Mortsolf is a sophomore at the University of Saint Mary and majoring in Digital Communications and English.