FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Although Monday is a work holiday to recognize military veterans, Sunday was actually the official veterans day, which falls on the 11th of November. The Fairbanks community, as it does every year to recognize the signing of the armistice ending world war one, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, turned out to show their respect to those former warriors.
The Westmark Hotel was the scene for an overflow crowd, of not only local citizens, but those veterans who have served in the past wars, along with guest speakers and commanders from Eielson Air Force base and Fort Wainwright, all paying respect to the day.
One individual in particular has made it his responsibility to ensure the ceremony runs smoothly.
"I'm the emcee for the event here in Fairbanks today. This one carries special significance because it's the 100th anniversary of armistice day, which has now become veterans day. We're celebrating the veterans who have served for the last 100 years," said Purple Heart recipient Dave Dean.
In 1938, congress officially declared November 11 to be armistice day. Then in 1954, to honor all veterans of all wars, the day was changed to veterans day.