Originally known as Armistice Day, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, November 11, 1918, was declared the day of the armistice in WWI. Later following WWII, the official name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all of those who have served and are still are serving in the military. Cities and organizations around the area are holding Veterans Day observances to remember all of those brave souls.

Detroit Veterans Day Parade
Vietnam Veterans of America Detroit Chapter 9
2951 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Date: Nov. 9, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Though Veterans Day is November 11, the Vietnam Veterans of America Detroit Chapter 9 will be the starting point for the Detroit Veterans Day Parade. At 9 a.m., there will be a ceremony honoring those who have and are serving in the military to be followed by the parade beginning at 10 a.m. The 1.25-mile route of the parade will take marchers down Wooodward Avenue to Adams Street then onto Witherell Street to Montcalm Street and then back to Woodward Avenue where marchers will head north back to the Vietnam Veterans hall. Participants range from surviving WWII veterans, members of the Tuskegee Airmen and current members of the military.

Related: GreenPath Debt Solutions Salute To Veterans, 11/11/13

Resurrection Cemetery 
18201 Clinton River Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
(586) 286-9020

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m. on November 11, there will be a somber ceremony in the Veterans section of Resurrection Cemetery to remember those who have fallen. Tablets will be dedicated by families who wish to memorialize loved ones who have served our nation. Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 along with other guests will be on hand for the Veterans Day memorial and the dedication ceremonies.

Salute To Service 
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill
50400 Cherry Hill Road
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 394-5300

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 6 p.m.

The city of Canton will honor service men and women who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces at this special event. Presented at this evening dedicated to those who have served will be a video presentation of a veteran’s story along with a presentation by Dr. Lynn Phillips of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, an organization that works to offer support to Michigan soldiers who serve.  Musical tributes will be performed by the Workmen Elementary Choir. At 6 p.m., there will be a special display along with refreshments with the main program beginning at 7 p.m.

The Henry Ford Museum Veterans Free Day 
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 982-6001

Date: Nov. 11, 2013

As a way of saying thank you to veterans, the Henry Ford Museum, along with the support from MASCO Corp., is offering free admission to the museum on Veterans Day to active duty military and veterans along with their families. There will be a limit of six free tickets per veteran or current military member. Identification will be required and can be a current military identification, a card showing veterans benefits or a veterans organization membership card.

City of Dearborn Veterans Day Ceremony 
Dearborn City Hall
13615 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Join elected officials, special guests, veterans and active members of the Armed Forces at this annual Veterans Day event. Members of the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council will preside over the ceremonies and U.S. Army veteran Ray Wantuck, recently selected Veteran of the Year by members of the DAWCV, will be honored. Along with comments from Wantuck, there will be DAWVC Commander Nancy Dlugokenski and Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. The ceremony will be held in the city council chambers in city hall.

Related: VFW Post 45-53 Nominates Detroit Cop As Best In State

Award winning freelance writer and photographer Lawrence DiVizio is based in Southeast Michigan and works to convey in words and images the world around us. His work can be found at Examiner.com.