INCHELIUM – Thursday (November 11) is Veterans Day, a time to honor military veterans and those that are still serving.

First recognized as Armistice Day in 1919, the origins of Veterans Day lie with the end of World War I. The date marks when Germany and the Allies signed a 1918 agreement to end war hostilities. The fighting ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

At that time, Nov. 11, 1918, was regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars,” according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, stating: “To us in America, the reflection 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.”

Congress then passed a law to make Nov. 11 a legal holiday in 1938 and 16 years later in 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a law that changed the name to its current form; “Veterans Day.”

Veterans Day celebrates all those who served in the military whether in war or peace. It’s a day to remember and to give thanks. Veterans Day is not a holiday like any other. It is one of three public holidays for the commemoration of the Americans who defended the United States of America.

  • For the fallen, Memorial Day.
  • For those still serving, Armed Forces Day.
  • For those who served, today: Veterans Day

For Colville tribal Veteran Larry K. Allen, it made his heart happy to see the turnout of Veterans at the honoring ceremony hosted by the Inchelium School District on Wednesday (Nov. 10) morning.

“Good morning everybody, it’s a privilege and honor to be here this morning,” said Allen who served in the United States Army for 25 years.

Colville tribal Veterans and non-tribal veterans joined together at the Inchelium School gymnasium where they each shared who they were, what branch they served in, and what their experience was like for them while serving.

“It’s not often that we get this many Veterans together,” said Allen. “Getting all these Veterans together is pretty significant moment to have as many as we had show up.”

Colville tribal Veteran Rick Desautel was asked to give a prayer at the beginning of the ceremony.

“Grandfather Great Spirit, we want to thank you for this moment, to honor these Vets who served for our country,” said Desautel. “We want to help all the Vets that we can. The service that they’ve performed in the line of duty for this country, for that we give you thanks.”

For Colville tribal Veteran Jim Smith, he grew up in Inchelium and served in the United States Army from 1966-1969 and while he was in the Army, he was a helicopter crew chief.

“I brought guys like this out into the jungles of Vietnam and brought them back. Sometimes they weren’t always in one piece. It’s a privilege to be here,” said Smith

PLEASE NOTE: The November 12th Issue/Edition of the Tribal Tribune was supposed to be our Veteran’s Day special edition, but due to the Nexsan server still being out of service, we (The Tribal Tribune) don’t have access to our pages/photos and that’s why the special edition didn't run in Nov. 12th Issue. We are hopeful that we will be able to bring our readership our Veteran’s Day special edition at a later date (if the server is repaired sooner rather than later). Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and we truly apologize for this unfortunate situation. 

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