Looking Back to 1956: Veterans honored, merchants prepare for Christmas shoppers
Veterans Day observance in Paso Robles
Veterans Day was observed quietly in Paso Robles with a short ceremony in the city park and a moment of silent tribute by members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars to their departed comrades.
The Rev. William P. Sutton conducted the service, with a history of Veterans Day and its meaning.
Following is the text of Rev. Sutton’s speech:
“The noise of battle ceased on November 11, 1918 and an uneasy silence lay over the land. It lasted for just a short time. At 11 o’clock on the morning of November 11, the silence was again shattered, but not with moans and cries. It was a joyful sound for that war was over.
In many places around the world the news of the Armistice was joyously received, and in our country, it climaxed all Fourth of July celebrations of all time, for all at once millions of American people felt the joy of peace.
But soon we missed our comrades and the sacred moment of Silence became a time of honoring our departed comrades. Our friends, the Spanish American veterans, and a few Civil War veterans carried on with Memorial Day programs, and we of the World War, later known as the first World War, almost duplicated their services, on Armistice Day.
But now, the Civil War veterans are gone and the Spanish American Veterans are not numerous anymore. So we of recent years are taking over the Memorial or Decoration Day services.
There was a time when Armistice Day was in danger of passing out. But now that there have been other armistices, we rejoice that we can follow in the footsteps of the Grand Army of the Republic and conduct Memorial Day services on May 30, honoring our hero dead, and also continue our celebration of the armistices of our wars, and in so doing, honor the living veterans of all wars.
We shall emphasize rehabilitation, care of orphans, widows and all needy, and help to advertise Hire the Disabled Veteran. For we today celebrate the end of wars, and hope for continued peace, and we rejoice with the living. This day belongs to us and we should use it to know each other better and to share in the ideals for which we fought.
We will not forget our hero dead and whenever possible we will inject the Moment of Sacred Silence into our celebrations and our meetings, for this is our day and must use it.”
Paso Merchants to show Christmas wares Nov 24
Downtown Paso Robles will don its holiday garb on Saturday, November 24, when local merchants ring up the curtain on Christmas windows and Yule displays. The date was set Tuesday by the planning committee of the Chamber of Commerce Merchants Division.
“And stores will remain open in the evening from December 17 to December 22,” Tom Wilcox, chairman of the division added.
The board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hot Springs Hotel.
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