Legion Family to Lead Veterans Day Celebrations Again
Across the country, members of the American Legion family will lead or participate in various Veterans Day commemorations, ranging from ceremonies and services to celebrations and parades.
Here are some of the Veterans Day commemorations already held or planned by American Legion Posts. American Legion family members are encouraged to share their Veterans Day events with stories and images on legiontown.org.
· In Modesto, the American Legion Post 74 and the Veterans’ Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring this year’s Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony. Female veterans will be honored at the event; Stanislaus County District Attorney and former Navy JAG officer Birgit Fladager is the grand marshal and keynote speaker for the parade.
· In Escondido, American Legion Post 149 and the Brothers of 6 Charities are teaming up to host the VetFest Veterans Day Parade and Festival on November 11. VetFest 2022 will include a parade along Grand Avenue, as well as a ceremony and festival at Post 149 following the parade.
· In Pasadena, American Legion Post 13, the Pasadena Veterans Day Committee and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 446 are teaming up for a Veterans Day commemoration on Nov. 11 that will include guest speakers, music, honoring Gold Star families present and a military overview.
· In Melbourne, American Legion Post 163 by sponsoring a Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.
· In Cocoa, the American Legion Post 22 is hosting a 1930s dinner and party on Veterans Day that will include a reenactment ceremony to celebrate the post’s first reunion at its current location on November 11, 1930.
Members of the American Legion Department of France will be at the Lorraine American Cemetery for a memorial and wreath laying ceremony, which will be followed by a lunch hosted by Post GR01 at the Rhine Ammunition Barracks (ROB).
In Dalton, the American Legion Post 112 sponsors the town’s annual Veterans Day Parade. Station 112 commander John Wilson said he expected 60 to 80 attendees. “The parade honors veterans, but it’s not just for veterans,” Wilson told the Dalton Daily Citizen. “It’s open to anyone who wants to honor veterans, not just those who served.”
Post 112 and the Dalton Elks Lodge also team up for a veterans dinner at the Elks Lodge that evening.
On November 5, several American Legion posts participated in the Dubois County Holland Veterans Day celebration. During the ceremony, nine living World War II veterans were honored; three were able to attend the ceremony.
In Bardstown, Nelson County Post 42 hosted a Nov. 11 ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park that will include the local fire department providing the flag, guest speakers speaking about the importance of Veterans Day and what it means for them personally. The local Air Force JROTC will present, while its director, an Air Force veteran, will be the keynote speaker.
In Camden, members of War Memorial Post 30 will attend a Veterans Breakfast and then hold a silent vigil at Camden Village Green War Memorial. That afternoon, Post 30 will open its doors to veterans, friends and guests for its annual Veterans Day program which includes music, readings and memorabilia, and more.
· In Prince Anne, Oliver T. Beauchamp Post 94 will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th. The post will use the ceremony to recognize and remember its most recent former post commander, Irving Ray Ford, who passed away in January. The post will also recognize its younger members who are currently serving in the U.S. Army, Air Force and Space Force. Light refreshments will be served by Auxiliary Unit 94.
· In Boonsboro, Clopper-Michael Post 10 is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony at Boonsboro High School for the student body, veterans and guests. The Boonsboro High School Orchestra and Choir will participate, students will lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, and remarks will be delivered by the Mayor, an American Legion officer from the Department of Maryland, and a guest speaker. After the ceremony, non-student participants are invited to Post 10 for a meal and fellowship.
The City of Malden and the Malden American Legion Post 69 will host a joint Veterans Day Memorial Service to honor all Malden Veterans on November 11 at Post 69.
On November 5 in Walker, the American Legion Post 1111 held their annual Veterans Day Parade along Remembrance Road. See photos from the parade here.
In Townsend, the American Legion Broadwater Post 42 will commemorate Veterans Day with a ceremony that will include the awarding of membership pins, including a 45-year-old member; a request for family members of veterans to say something about their veterans; and a guest speaker. The ceremony will be followed by lunch at the post.
· In Little Falls, the American Legion Post 108 holds a small ceremony at 11 a.m. on November 11 each year. A member of the post will speak about Veterans Day and mention key anniversaries in US military history. The mayor is also expected to speak.
In Wayne, Anthony Wayne American Legion Post 174 will maintain its annual Veterans Day observance with a ceremony beginning at 11:11 a.m. Nov. 11. The ceremony will take place at the Alliance Park Veterans Pavilion next to the post. Post 174 Commanding Officer Joseph Fricker III and other guests will comment on Veterans Day.
· In Longport, John A. Kuzmann American Legion Post 469 will conduct its annual Veterans Day service at Thomas B. Reed Park at the foot of the Longport Bridge. The 30-minute ceremony includes the installation of 10 memorial cobblestones in the walkway around the Sundial Monument, which commemorates significant dates in US military history. Post 469 will also honor the five U.S. Coast Guard members who lost their lives at sea while attempting a boat rescue during a storm in March 1932. Post and Unit 469 members will also place wreaths at the monument to honor all past, present and future veterans.
In Greenlawn, the American Legion Post 1244 will host a Veterans Day commemoration at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Veterans, government officials and members of the public are expected to attend the ceremony, which has been conducted annually since 1943 through post 1244.
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In Edgefield, American Legion Post 30 is sponsoring a Veterans Day Ceremony with American Legion Posts 154 and 222, VFW Post 6932, and the Edgefield County Bureau of Veterans Affairs. The ceremony will be held at Edgefield Veterans Memorial Park and will include a local high school Navy JROTC honor guard presenting the colors, South Carolina District 19 Commander Mark Thompson as guest speaker, and a salute from thanks to all veterans.
In Sunnyside, the American Legion Post 73 hosts a Veterans Day program at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza. Post 73 Commander Greg Schlieve will provide a brief history of Veterans Day, which will be followed by the dedication of two black granite walls that were installed in the Plaza last June: a Stars and Stripes Wall and a Stars and Stripes Wall. declaration of Independence.
The ceremony will conclude with the release of white doves in remembrance of Sunnyside residents who have given their lives in service to the nation.
· In Kenova, Ceredo-Kenova American Legion Post 93 is once again sponsoring a Veterans Day Parade, which has been held for more than 45 years and is one of the largest in the state. The post will hold an open house after the parade.
· In Beckley, the American Legion Post 32 and the Beckley Parade Committee are hosting a Veterans Day Parade and Celebration which will be followed by performances by the school band.
In Kenosha, the Paul Herrick American Legion Post 21 Legion Family is hosting a Veterans Day celebration that will include a field ceremony in Flanders, coffee and donuts, and lunch.