This past Wednesday, November 11, marked the observance of Veteran's Day in the US. Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day, so named after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, which was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. While the holiday's purpose in modern times has expanded to recognize all veterans, both living and deceased, the original intent was to memorialize those killed in battle during the Great War, as World War I was originally known.
Horacio Martinez VFW Post 5432 proudly continued the traditional observance of Veteran's Day this past Wednesday at the Corrales Community Library Park at the Veteran's Memorial. Post members, family, and friends, including the granddaughter of Post 5432 namesake Horacio Martinez, gathered shortly before the 11:00 hour. Junior Vice Commander Pat Orell officiated the brief ceremony, marked by the traditional tolling of a bell at the moment of 11:00. Post Chaplain Tom Totoris concluded the gathering with a prayer.