November 11 marks one hundred years since the Great War ended, it also marks one hundred years of honoring our veterans. In the beginning as the United States, as well as many other countries, began to observe Veterans’ Day it was not what we think of it now. It began as honoring those that served in World War I, the day was devoted to remembering world peace and was observed as Armistice Day.
With the new holiday we honored World War I veterans. As time carried on and the United States got involved in a couple other conflicts, it was decided to make Armistice Day Veterans’ Day in honor of those who served in other wars and conflicts.
As we observe Veterans’ Day it is sometimes confused, in America, with Memorial Day in May. In America, Veterans’ Day allows us to honor the sacrifice of those still living that served in the United States Military. Memorial Day is another opportunity that we have to honor those who served in the United States Military, but it is dedicated to the those that sacrificed their lives for their country.
This year as Legacy of the Plains Museum celebrates the one hundredth year of Veterans’ Day, we are honoring those who served in the United States Military. We are focusing on our local area personnel that served or are serving in the military from the Civil War until present day. We are honoring our military members from Sioux, Scotts Bluff, Morrill, and Banner County. We will have many older and newer uniforms displayed throughout the Lobby and Temporary Gallery. Along with the uniforms, the museum will display a list of names of those who served in the Civil War until present day, along with some photos. If you know of anyone that has severed or is serving and they are from our area, please let Legacy of the Plains Museum know and we will update our list the best we can. The museum will have the display open November 2 – 20, 2018.