Ecumen Lakeview Commons residents gathered November 9 for a Veterans Day service to honor people like 100-year-old Madeline Allen, who sat in the front row. She served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II, at Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters.
It’s been almost 75 years since Ensign Katherine Schuller was a U.S. Navy nurse caring for wounded sailors, but her memories remain vivid. “They were just boys,” she recalls. “A big population of hurt boys. And we nurses were just kids too. We called them boys, and they called us girls.”
She pauses. “I guess they were men when they came back.”
Veterans Day is observed in many ways across the United States – parades, ceremonies and even with retail, service and restaurant discounts to honor Veterans. But do you know the historical significance of November 11? Do you know why Veterans Day was observed on October 25 in 1971?