BATH - The Bath Veterans Administration will continue with its annual festivities today in honor of Veterans Day. But this year is a little different.

Today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day - the day the Allies and German Empire agreed to stop fighting - which signaled the end of hostilities in World War I.

“Being the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I, I think our veterans see the importance of what they’ve done, how they’ve served our country, but they also see the end result of peace after they’ve served, and they see the result of the prosperity of our country,” said Hank Riegel, Recreational Therapy Supervisor at the Bath VA.

Armistice Day originally honored just World War I service members, but it eventually became Veterans Day in the U.S. and came to honor all U.S. veterans.

Saturday was also the Marine Corps’ 243rd birthday. The corps was founded on Nov. 10, 1775.

On Saturday, the Mansfield University Mountaineer Brass Band performed a World War I centennial commemoration concert for veterans and their families at the VA.

For Randy Metz, a former command and control specialist with the Air Force who’s now a procurement officer with the Bath VA, Veterans Day is about the bond shared between servicemen and women.

“What makes Veterans Day special to me is it’s a bond,” he said. “We all have bonds throughout, all of our brothers and sisters, we have that special military bond, and we understand that bond. And Veterans Day is a tribute to living and past veterans who’ve taken great care of our freedoms for this great country.”

Bath VA Veterans Day celebrations will continue today with a carnival for VA residents from 1-4 p.m., organized by the Elks Club.