Veterans Day became a national holiday back in 1938, but its roots really go back to 1918 with the end of World War One. All the major battles of that war formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Precisely at 11 a.m. at the state Capitol rotunda, a ceremony got underway to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. U.S. troops were there for 12 years after President Kennedy sent them beginning in 1962.
All the Vietnam vets who attended received a special commemorative coin, made just for this occasion. Also unveiled was a 50th Anniversary flag. Each of the symbols on it — the rings, designs and colors — represent various aspects of the war. It reads, “A grateful Nation honors you, the Vietnam Veterans.”