On Monday November 11, 2019, Americans throughout the world will commemorate Veterans Day, a day set aside to thank our nation’s veterans for service given and sacrifices made to protect the freedoms our great nation.
McDonald Funeral Home and Cremation Services is one of hundreds of Veterans & Family Memorial Care funeral home providers across America that is sponsoring the 12th Annual -Operation Sweaters For Veterans.
The dates for the promotion have historic significance: November 11 is the anniversary of the Armistice signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918.
At 5:00 A.M. on Monday, November 11, 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice, an order was issued for all firing to cease, bringing the hostilities of the First World War to an end. The day began with the laying down of arms, blowing of whistles, impromptu parades, and the closing of places of business . . . just a few examples of the many joyous demonstrations throughout the world on this historic occasion.
In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Armistice Day proclamation. The last paragraph set the tone for future observances:
"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 nation."
Beginning today (Monday, November 4th) thru Friday November 8th, McDonald Funeral Home and Cremation Services will be collecting new sweaters and gloves that they will delivered to local VA hospitals, VA homes, and Veterans Service Organizations.
Steve McDonald of McDonald Funeral Home stated, "We are excited to be part of the annual Sweaters for Veterans and hope the community will donate to this very important cause. We view this as an opportunity to help our veterans be prepared for winter. We hope that again this year our community rises up and helps support this very worthy event.”
Drop off times are between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm through the Herman Street entrance (east side of the building).
Sweaters and gloves dropped off will be delivered to local VA hospitals, VA homes and Veterans Service Organizations. Everyone in the community is invited to support our veterans by donating at McDonald Funeral Home and Cremation Services 401 West Canal Street, Picayune, MS. 39466 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.