November 11th was declared "Armistice Day" in 1919 by U.S. President Wilson to remember the end of World War I a year before. In 1954, U.S. President Eisenhower renamed the holiday to "Veterans Day" to honor American military veterans of all wars. Today was no exception. Local firefighters draped a flag in the middle of downtown before the start of the parade.
As I doubt anyone from the American Revolutionary War is still with us, these representatives remind us of the sacrifices those soldiers made from centuries ago.
Same here with representatives from the American Civil War.
Most importantly it is a day to remember those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield.