Vets march in Middle Village parade
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Essay contest winner Niamb Norvez. Photo by Michael O'Kane.
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The 3rd Annual Queens Veterans Day Parade was held this past Sunday, November 6, in Middle Village.

Veteran and community groups joined elected officials in a march from 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue to Christ the King High School, where a ceremony was held.

Veterans Day officially occurs on November 11. Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day, and commemorated the end of World War I. The day was marked with public celebrations and a two-minute halt to business at 11 a.m.

In 1938, an act of Congress made Armistice Day a national holiday. In 1954, Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor veterans from all wars.

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