Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Veterans Day

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Mayor & Council |

This Sunday is Veterans Day in the United States, honoring our armed service veterans . In Oak Creek, we will celebrate the day with a ceremony at Fire Station #3, located at 7000 S. 6th Street (intersection of 6th and Rawson Avenue) at 9am on Saturday morning November 10th. Armistice Day (later changed to Veterans Day in 1954) was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, at the direction of President Woodrow Wilson. Here is a quote from his speech at that very first ceremony.

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to those individuals who have stepped up and served, risked their lives, and in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to advance the cause of freedom here, and in many countries around the world. On this day, I honor my late grandfather Anthony Scaffidi (U.S. Army), my father Dominic Scaffidi (U.S. Air Force), and my brother David Scaffidi (U.S. Navy), all who served their nation proudly.

On Monday, I will attend Veterans Day ceremonies at Oak Creek High School and Carollton School, with students, faculty, and administration in honor of all those men and women who have served our nation. Thank you to all of them.

Mayor Steve