Veterans Day in Pennsylvania  

Veterans Day, held on the anniversary of the end of World War I and previously called Armistice Day, is a federal holiday to honor all veterans. Veterans Day 2017 is Saturday, Nov. 11, though observed on Friday, November 10 where it is a recognized holiday.

No matter what day we observe Veterans Day, it is a most important observance! Pennsylvania has a long history of citizens who served in the armed services over our country’s history. Below is just a sample of some information of our Commonwealth’s proud history of service.

During the Civil War, there were more than 214 regiments formed in Pennsylvania with many more of our citizens who  joined regiments in other states. The first five defender regiments who were called to defend our nation’s capital are listed below.

  • 1st Regiment

  •   Recruited in Northampton county, Dauphin county, Lancaster county, Berks county, PA

  • 2nd Regiment

  •   Hastily recruited from Franklin county, Perry county, Adams county, Lancaster county, Chester county, Centre county, and York county in a call for volunteers.

  • 3rd Regiment

  •   The Third regiment was composed of independent volunteer companies which existed prior to the breaking out of the war, and responded to the first call of the Governor for troops.

  • 4th Regiment

  •   Recruited in Montgomery county, Delaware county, Union county, Centre county, PA

  • 5th Regiment

  •   Recruited in Allegheny County, Allegheny County, Schuylkill County, Huntingdon County, Lebanon County, Berks County, PA

 37TH CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, July 22, 1861 RESOLVED, That the thanks of this House are due, and are hereby tendered to the five hundred and thirty soldiers from Pennsylvania, who passed through the mob of Baltimore, and reached Washington on the eighteenth of April last, for the defence of the National Capital.      

GALUSHA A. GROW, Speaker of the House of Representatives

 The proud history of Pennsylvania citizens extends far beyond the Civil War where Pennsylvania was a major player. Our Citizens have fought to defend American freedoms and extend Democracy around the world in every major conflict in our history. We have risen to the challenge in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam​ War, both Iraq Wars and the ongoing War on Terrorism. We continue to be the path for world safety looked upon by the free world as the peacekeeper. Our service women and men both active military and retired deserve to be honored by our State and our Country.

 You can tell a lot about a society as to how they treat their children, elderly and veterans. In Pennsylvania, there are a number services available through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. On the federal level, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the site to use.

 Thank you to all our veterans and active duty service members for defending our way of life and making the ultimate sacrifice for all of us!

 Best Regards,

 Tom Herman


SEIU Local 668, PSSU

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