County or­ga­ni­za­tions to ob­serve Vet­er­ans Day with events

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JESSICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Stu­dents wave flags dur­ing Thom­son Es­tates Ele­men­tary School’s Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram last year.

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