Dirigo Pines is honored to be home to a great number of veterans from all branches of our nation’s military. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 — the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. It was declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as a day to reflect on the sacrifices of those who had served in the military during World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938.
Did you know in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Then, in 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
We’ve very proud to have so many veterans at Dirigo Pines – and we thank you for your service.
Locally, you can celebrate Veterans by participating in or watching the Greater Bangor Area Veterans Day Parade on Monday, Nov. 11, kicking off at 10:15 a.m.
Participants and their vehicles will begin to assemble for the one-and-a-half mile parade beginning at 9 at Vista Way, beside the Brewer Shopping Center (Hannaford).
The parade will march down Wilson Street and across the Chamberlain Bridge, taking a right and down Bangor’s Main Street, and then onto State Street before finally ending on Exchange Street.
Prior to the Parade, the Rotary Club of Bangor Breakfast will be serving up pancakes and all the fixings at Jeff’s Catering at 15 Littlefield Road in Brewer. It’s all you can eat, $7 for Adults, $4 for kids and veterans eat free! The hours are 7 until 10 a.m. and of course it’s open to the public!