San Elizario Veterans Day Celebration — San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society hosts its 16th annual patriotic celebration beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, with a parade from San Elizario Cemetery on Thompson Road to Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of historic San Elceario Church for a patriotic service to honor all nation's veterans. Grand Marshal is Ramon Holguin. Admission is free. Information: 383-8529.
Following the parade is the lighting of the Candles and the POW-MIA table ceremony. Five Korean War Era Veterans will be honored for their service, with patriotic music played by local high school bands. Refreshments offered.
Veterans Day Parades — The downtown El Paso parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The 1.3-mile parade, sponsored by the United American Veterans Organization, starts at Myrtle and Florence streets and circles San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 541-4050.
The annual Las Cruces Veterans Day parade is 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning and ending at Loretto Towne Center. Route follows Church Street past City Hall and back on Hadley Avenue. Grand Marshals are World War II veterans Dan Sosa and Milton Buls. Information: 621-7002 or lascrucesvetday.org .
Veterans Day originated at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany, which brought closure to World War I. Known as Armistice Day, Congress voted the day a federal holiday in 1938.
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