County organizations to observe Veterans Day with events
— Those looking to honor our nation’s veterans will have multiple opportunities to do so at county Veterans Day events this year.
The American Legion Mason Dixon Post No. 194 of Rising Sun will host its annual Veterans Day Banquet at the legion on Veterans Day. The legion holds the banquet every year on a Friday either before or after Veterans Day, but since Veterans Day falls on a Friday this year, the banquet will take place on the actual day, said Neil Eller, the legion’s vice commander.
The banquet starts with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by a program at 8 p.m. The program will include speakers such as a past department commander as well as other entertainment. The event usually draws about 300 people, Eller added.
“It’s standing room only,” he said.
The banquet takes place at the legion located at 338 E. Main St. in Rising Sun and is open to the public. While reservations aren’t required, Eller noted that the banquet fills up fast and said those who don’t have reservations should plan to get there early. Anyone wishing to make reservations and guarantee their spot can call the legion at 410-658-9078.
Those who attend the banquet will also notice about 100 flags displayed outside the legion. These flags are placed there about a week before Veterans Day and each has a small card at-
tached to it indicating the veteran for which it’s dedicated. The veterans the flags represent are either present or past legion members or relatives of legion members, Eller said.
“We call it the Avenue of Flags,” he said.
In nearby Perryville, the American Legion Susquehanna Post No. 135 will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments at the post, located at 300 Cherry St.
VFW Elkton Memorial Post No. 8175 will also hold a service at 11 a.m. at the post, located at 208 W. High St. The service will be followed by a luncheon.
VFW Chesapeake City Memorial Post No. 7687 will also hold a service at the post, 304 Basil Ave., at 11 a.m. The service will be followed by a luncheon and people are asked to bring covered dishes.
Meanwhile, VFW Jerry Skrivanek Post No. 8185 in Port Deposit will hold a flag retirement ceremony on Nov. 20 at the post, located at 520 Susquehanna River Road. The ceremony will be followed by a dinner for veterans.
Cecil College will also host an event on Veterans Day at 11 a.m. in Room 208 of the Technology Center. The event will consist of a panel presentation titled “Honoring Those Who Served” and will include veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War.
Veterans’ portraits will also be displayed along with a slide show.
The county’s youngest citizens will also be honoring veterans with many elementary schools holding assemblies around Friday. The schools holding events are:
Bainbridge Elementary School, 41 Preston Drive in Port Deposit, will host a breakfast followed by an assembly beginning at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 18.
Bay View Elementary School, 910 North East Road in North East, will hold an assembly on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Immediate family members of students who are active or retired service personnel are invited to attend and will be honored. The American Legion is also invited to send members.
Calvert Elementary School, 79 Brick Meetinghouse Road in Rising Sun, will hold an assembly at 2 p.m. Friday.
Cecilton Elementary School, 251 West Main Street in Cecilton, will hold an assembly honoring community veterans at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Elk Neck Elementary School, 41 Racine School Road in Elkton, will hold a school-wide assembly centered around student presentations with veterans invited to attend at 9:15 a.m. Friday.
Perryville Elementary School, 901 Maywood Ave. in Perryville, will hold an assembly at 2 p.m. Friday.
Thomson Estates Elementary School, 203 E. Thomson Drive in Elkton, will hold an assembly and celebration from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday.
Students wave flags during Thomson Estates Elementary School’s Veterans Day program last year.