Photos: Vancouver students honor military veterans

Photos: Vancouver students honor military veterans
With Veterans Day on Nov. 11, students and faculty gathered for an assembly Monday at Heritage High School in Vancouver to honor the local men and women of the United States military. The assembly included several speeches, music by the choir and band along with a slideshow projecting the images of alumni who had joined the military. (Photos by Kai Hayashi / KATU.com)

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Students at a Vancouver high school on Monday got a close, personal view of the lives of local military veterans.

In honor of Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11, veterans made their way to Heritage High School to be honored by the school. In turn, American veterans from various wars spoke to students about their lives in the military.

Students at the school also put on a USO-themed presentation to the veterans at the event and KATU spent the morning at the school to photograph Monday's event.

About Veterans Day

We have President Woodrow Wilson to thank for declaring a day to honor veterans. He did so in 1919 and said "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."

It wasn't until 1938, however, that Veterans Day (or Armistice Day as it was originally called) became a legal holiday.