The American Legion Post 462 of Glen Rose hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the courthouse Nov. 11.

A small crowd gathered to participate in the observation of Veterans Day, which included a brief history of the holiday, patriotic music and a wreath laying ceremony.

Post member Hank Jones and his wife Deedee were asked to lay the wreath at the Oliver Wendell Buzan Monument, erected in 1962 in honor of all those who have served the nation.

The Jonesí son, United States Army Major Ray Jones, is serving his third tour in Iraq. Maj. Jones is with the 4th Infantry in Fort Hood, Texas and is stationed in El Kut, Iraq. He has been a commissioned officer for 14 years.

His wife Dallice Jones and their two children are still living in Copperas Cove, a small suburb of Fort Hood.

Both Dallice and Ray graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1990.

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day when in 1938 the United States Congress voted to make Nov. 11 a federal holiday in honor of the armistice that brought an end to WWI.

President Dwight Eisenhower signed an order in 1954, changing the name to Veterans Day and declared the day in honor of living veterans.

Veterans Day is observed on Nov. 11 every year, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.