Official 2014 Veterans Day PosterVeterans Day is coming up in early November, and at Lazy Acres Belton, we’re getting ready to put out our flags in honor of all those who have served, as well as joining in the festivities all over Belton, MO and the entire Kansas City area.

The history of Veterans Day started as Armistice Day in 1919, marking the end of World War I. In 1945, Raymond Weeks, a veteran of the Second World War, put forth the idea of expanding Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. The name was officially changed to Veterans Day in 1954, and it’s been Veterans Day ever since.

The national celebration begins every year on November 11th, at precisely 11am, with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, but Veterans Day is celebrated in various other ways in communities across the country.

The city of Belton, MO is having a Veterans Day parade on Saturday, November 8th beginning at 10am. Lineup is at Memorial Park, and from there the parade will continue on to Commercial, Pine, and Main Streets before reaching South Scott and ending up at Belton Middle School.

In nearby Kansas City, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial always draws in a big crowd with its Veterans Day Ceremony, and the museum is open to the public for FREE all day that day. The ceremony at the Liberty Memorial begins at 10am, with speakers from among political and city leaders, as well as a live band. Because of the close ties between Veterans Day and World War I, the museum—which is the official WWI museum of the United States—always plays host to a lot of related special events around the holiday. Events this year include a lecture on “Union Station and World War I” Saturday, November 1st at 1pm, a dramatic theater production called “Letters from the Front: The Christmas Truce of 1914” on Sunday, November 9 at 2pm, and a special presentation on “Poetry & Native American Experience in WWI” on Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm. You can contact the museum at (816) 888-8100 for more details.

While you’re in Kansas City, don’t forget to sample some of the famous Kansas City cuisine. Many local restaurants and some national chains honor veterans with special deals on Veterans Day, and some places veterans can even eat for free! Do a little sleuthing before you head out, and you might be able to find some great deals on good eats in the KC area!

Belton, MO is a great place for veterans, and for anyone who wants to live in a bright, vibrant community with a small town feel and big city convenience. If you’re in Belton, you don’t have to wait for Veterans Day to celebrate, either. In addition to the parade, Belton will also be hosting their annual Chamber of Commerce Holiday Extravaganza on November 8th at the Belton High School, with more than 60 crafters and vendors, along with concessions and entertainment. So if you live in Belton already, or if you’ve never visited, there’s no better time to stop on by and see what our community has to offer! And while you’re in town, why not check out Lazy Acres Belton, an adult living community that offers safe, quiet living with all the amenities of the city at your fingertips.

For more information about the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, please contact owners Tim and Karen Savage at (816) 331-4886 during regular business hours. If you prefer, you may complete our online contact form at any time.