On this Veteran’s Day… November 11th, our Sightseeing Cruise or Dinner Cruise is available free to all our veterans. We want to give back a little to those that have given so much to us.
There is a rich history surrounding Veterans Day and we’d like to take a minute to tell you about some of the highlights.
Veterans Day History
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
On November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to his countrymen on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:
In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”
We Love Our Veterans
Branson has a time-honored tradition of celebrating our veterans and those of us at Main Street Marina definitely want to continue in that spirit. On November 11th we want to offer veterans an opportunity to get out on the lake and enjoy the beauty of the Ozarks on us. We offer a sightseeing and a dinner cruise through Main Street Lake Cruises that we would love to have you join us onboard. Please call our ticket office for reservations or for additional information. 417-239-3980. Thank you for your service! We appreciate the sacrifice you made for our country.