Jack Stone, center, a key force behind organizing the event every year, attends last year’s program.

Jack Stone, center, a key force behind organizing the event every year, attends last year’s program.

TIFTON — Tifton will be celebrating Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

The local celebrations are attended every year by veterans from every branch of the military as well as family and friends.

The day starts with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting opening the Tifton Veterans Museum, located at 120 South Tift Avenue.

Omega Elementary School will also be hosting a Veterans Day program starting at 9 a.m. at the school.  

A Veterans Day program will take place in Veterans Park in downtown Tifton starting at 11 a.m. Representative Penny Houston is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Veteran’s Day was officially created as an American holiday in 1954 as a day set aside to honor the service of all veterans.

Originally instituted as Armistice Day, which was celebrated to mark the end of World War I, Veterans Day is sometimes confused with both Memorial Day, which is to honor those who died while in service to the country, and Armed Forces Day, which honors those currently serving.

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