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Layton City Veterans program Nov. 11; City Offices closed on Veterans Day
Article Published 11/09/2015
Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11 and the Layton City Parks and Recreation Department will pay tribute to veterans with a special program at 11 a.m. that day in the Central Davis Jr. High School Gymnasium, 663 North Church Street.
The program will include music and guest speakers. Refreshments will be served for the veterans in attendance at the conclusion of the program.
-In addition, Layton residents are reminded that the City's offices are closed on Veterans Day. Note too that Layton has its own “Veterans Park,” that is worth a timely visit to mark the occasion.
Located between the north entrance to FrontRunner’s parking Lot and the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks, Layton’s Veterans Park sits between 155 West and 175 West Gentile Street, on the south side of the street. This half-acre Layton Park, still the City’s smallest park, was originally called "Railroad Park," from 1921-1991, because it was just east of the Union Pacific Railroad line.
The park is bordered by large trees, four of which were planted on Arbor Day, April 15, 1921, in honor of four Layton men who died in the Army during World War I -- David Day, David Lane Jones, Hubert H. Layton and William Clyde Layton. (One of those veteran trees was removed in 2008 during FrontRunner line construction and was replaced with a new tree.)
Plaques sit at the foot of each of the four trees, with the soldiers’ names inscribed on them.
It was rededicated on Nov. 12, 1991 in a ceremony attended by approximately 150 people.
Lyndia Graham, City Council Member at the time, was instrumental in the renaming and rededicating the park. Layton Elementary students provided the music for both past dedications.
The 1991 ceremony's main speaker, historian and Layton resident Harris Adams, described the park then as "almost a sacred spot of ground." He said that when it was created, Layton City was not yet incorporated.
Adams also said that many soldiers and LDS Church missionaries from Layton left from the original train depot, located on the south end of where Veterans Park is now located.
Veterans Park is maintained by the Layton City Parks and Recreation Department but is owned by the Oregon Short Line/Union Pacific Railroad Corp.
Today Veterans Park includes three picnic tables, grass and other trees. It also features a large monument and plaques.
Parking can usually be found at the north end of the FrontRunner parking area, or at Layton Elementary School.
-Veterans Day first originated as “Armistice Day,” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. The U.S. Congress approved a resolution in 1926 calling for its annual observance. But, it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a national holiday. It was in 1954 – 61 years ago – that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to change the name to Veterans Day, so that it would honor all those persons who served in American wars.
SOURCES: Veterans Park’s plaques, Deseret News Archives, www.census.gov