The annual parade will take off from Panihi Road, south Kapa‘a, at 10 a.m. Walking units and cars will then proceed to Kapa‘a Beach Park, where celebrations and honoring will continue until 3 p.m.
Besides military demonstrations, the event at Kapa‘a Beach Park will offer local entertainment, food and crafts.
County officials said that to accommodate the event, Kuhio Highway, from Kipuni Place to Lehua Street, will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade. During the closure, traffic will be diverted to the Kapa‘a Bypass Road.
Officers will be manning the closures and directing traffic flow. Normal contra-flow on Kuhio Highway will not be affected.
Though the parade will be held Saturday, Veterans Day is observed on Nov. 11, when there will be a ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe, Kaua‘i’s Westside, at 11 a.m.
The history of Veterans Day dates back to World War I.
WWI officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.
However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars,” according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
In November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11 a.m.
U.S. Congress officially recognized the end of WWI when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926.
In 1938, Congress made Nov. 11 a legal holiday to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be celebrated as “Armistice Day.”
Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of WWI. However, in 1954 — after WWII had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen; and after American forces had fought in Korea — the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
So in 1954, U.S President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which states: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”