CORNING - Dick Naylor, a Corning area veteran who joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17 on Dec. 23, 1948, was honored Sunday morning at the annual Veterans Day service at Veterans Memorial Park, off Park Avenue.

“It was humbling, to say the least,” said Naylor moments after the service. “Unexpected. I had no idea this way going to happen, but I was certainly honored to be recognized.”

Greg Jensen, Corning American Legion Post Commander, said Veteran’s Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on Nov. 11, honoring military veterans who served the United State Armed Forces.

“It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I,” Jensen said to a large crowd at the event.

Major hostilities of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect,” Jensen said. The United State previously observed Armistice Day.

The U.S holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

A wreath was laid in front of the Civil War Monument in honor of fallen veterans from all the wars at the Veterans Day event.

Ritual teams from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard/Ritual Team and Crystal City VFW Post 524 Honor Rifle Squad participated in the ceremony.