By Mitch Traphagen
RUSKIN - Hundreds lined U.S. Highway 41 through Ruskin on November 8 for a parade in honor of America’s veterans.
The Veterans Day parade included floats from the Krewe of Charlotte DeBerry, the Southshore Marauders, the honorary mayors of Ruskin and Apollo Beach, the Ruskin Tomato Queen and other organizations.
The parade also included a full escort from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a fire engine from the Hillsborough County Fire Department, a marching band from Eisenhower Middle School, area Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops and veterans from local VFW and American Legion posts.
November 11, 1918, marked the end of the first modern global conflict - World War I. Official recognition of the day was enacted by Congress on June 4, 1926 with the following declaration:
WHEREAS the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be served, and
WHEREAS it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
WHEREAS the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
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