World War I concluded when an armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the event by declaring Nov. 11 Armistice Day, the forerunner to Veterans Day.
Due to the national holiday falling on a Sunday this year, the Niagara University community will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12, with a program honoring those who have sacrificed to preserve the freedoms Americans hold dear.
The event will also serve as an opportunity for representatives from NU, the 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and the Binational Tourism Alliance to formally unveil and dedicate a commemorative plaque for the Niagara University 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden, located between St. Vincent's and Alumni halls. The garden commemorates the 200 years of peace between Canada and the U.S. following the War of 1812.
The program will proceed as follows:
11 a.m. - Posting of colors by the ROTC Honor Guard
11:03 a.m. - Welcome by Dr. Tom Chambers, chair of NU's history department; and the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., NU president
11:11 a.m. - Moment of silence
11:12 a.m. - Remarks by Brian Merrett, CEO of the 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and Arlene White, executive director of the Binational Tourism Alliance
11:22 a.m. - Sign unveiling
11:30 a.m. - Retiring of the colors
Questions may be directed to Nick Giangreco, Binational Alliance, at 716-856-6525, ext. 157, or [email protected].