SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - At the Nov. 10 Borough Council meeting, Mayor Matt Anesh and the council members presented a proclamation to members of American Legion Post #243 in support of Veteran’s Day 2014.

Observed annually on Nov. 11, Veterans Day is an official federal United States holiday honoring all the men and women - living and deceased, active and retired – who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during both wartime and peacetime.

“On Veterans Day, we honor the heroes and dedicate ourselves to the next generation of veterans by supporting our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines coast guardsmen as they return from duty,” said Anesh.  “These men and women possess an unwavering belief in the idea of America. No matter where you come from, what you look like or who your parents are this is a place where anything is possible.”

Veterans Day coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I – which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day and an Act approved in May 1938 officially made the 11th of November a legal holiday. The United States observed Armistice Day until 1954 at which time the act was amended and Nov. 11 was changed to Veterans Day in an effort to honor American veterans of all wars.