VA medical director kicks off Veterans Month

Becky Campbell • Updated Nov 1, 2017 at 10:55 PM

By the time Veterans Day 2017 rolls around in a couple of weeks, the Mountain Home VA will be well into a full month of honoring and thanking veterans from across the Tri-Cities.

On Wednesday, VA Medical Director Dean Borsos kicked off the month of celebration of the nation’s military at a brief flag-raising ceremony near the campus gazebo. Afterward, visitors were invited to tour the Museum at Mountain Home, which is filled with relics and memorabilia from all military branches and wars.

Borsos said the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expanded Veterans Day to be celebrated throughout the entire month of November.

According to the Veterans Affairs website, it’s celebrated to commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect. On Nov. 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1954, it became known as Veterans Day.

“For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both veterans and military families for the entire month of November,” the website declared.

“Today was the kickoff of Veterans Month,” Borsos said. “We’re expanding beyond just Veterans Day to Veterans Month. We’ll continue the month with a variety of activities honoring and respecting our veterans for everything they’ve done in service to their country.”

There will be events for veterans, veterans and their families and veterans and the public throughout the month.

“We’ll have some events that are formal in nature. On Nov. 9 our Volunteer Services will partner with the local community and we’ll have a nice event honoring our veterans,” he said. Other events include listening sessions with veterans, guest speakers coming in and, “we’ll have some fun activities like a service competition where Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines will have a challenge to see who can eat the most pie. It’s all done in good nature and we are truly looking to respect and honor our veterans.”

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