Students across Barry County will celebrate Veterans Day with patriotic assemblies on Friday, Nov. 11.
Veterans Day, which is held each year on Nov. 11, was originally known as National Armistice Day.
Even though the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, World War I fighting stopped when an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect on the 11 hour of the 11 day of the 11 month of 1918.
In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day.
"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," said Wilson.
In 1938, Congress approved an act making Armistice Day a legal holiday to be celebrated with parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business at 11 a.m. each year on Nov. 11.
In 1954, after much urging by several veterans' service organizations, Congress amended the Armistice Day act by replacing the word Armistice with the word Veterans.
The first Veterans Day Proclamation was issued by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Oct. 8, 1954.
"On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom," wrote Eisenhower, "and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
Each area school will honor local veterans with Veterans Day assemblies on Nov. 11.
The Cassville R-IV School District's Veterans Day assembly will be held in the Cassville High School gymnasium at 9 a.m.
Special recognition will be given to all veterans who attend, and a reception to honor veterans for their service will be held after the assembly.
A Veterans Day assembly will be held for the Shell Knob School District in the Shell Knob gym at 9:30 a.m.
The seventh and eighth grade choir will sing two patriotic songs. Members of the student council and a local veteran guest speaker will give Veterans Day presentations.
All attending veterans will be recognized by their branch of service.
The Wheaton R-III School District's Veterans Day assembly will be held in the school gym at 10 a.m.
All students will participate in activities to honor local veterans.
The Purdy chapter of the National Honor Society will host the Purdy R-II School District's Veterans Day assembly in the Purdy High School gym at 10:30 a.m.
Music will be provided by the band and choir. All service members who attend, past and present, will be recognized.
A Veterans Day assembly will be held for the Southwest R-V School District in the Southwest High School gymnasium at 1 p.m.
The assembly will include the Junior ROTC colorguard, several Veterans Day special readings and a dramatic re-enactment.
Elementary, middle school and high school students will give musical presentations, and all students will salute local veterans in attendance.
The Exeter R-VI School District will hold a Veterans Day assembly in the Exeter gym at 2:15 p.m.
Students will participate in the Power of Eleven Cents program. Each student will donate 11 cents to the veterans' organization. Two guest veterans will speak about Veterans Day.
All local veterans are encouraged to attend a Veterans Day assembly to receive recognition for serving in a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.