Legion observance marks Veterans Day
CENTREVILLE — The annual Veterans Day ceremony was held on Nov. 11 in front of the courthouse in Centreville as traditional and handled by the Jeff Davis Post 18, American Legion, on a bright sunny day.
Adding to the program was the Queen Anne’s High School band and chorus, along with the singers Harmony on the Bay, all of whom received enthusiastic applause from the onlookers.
Post Commander Vince Higgins welcomed the crowd, citing the importance of observing Veterans Day honoring all military serving and who have served over the years.
Also speaking was the Post Service Officer, Navy Capt. Hart Anderson, who is retired; and Fred McNeil, retired school teacher and veteran of service in Vietnam and Korea. McNeil read the immortal poem “Flanders Field,” while the poem “America” was read by P.J. Dill, president of the
American Legion Post Auxiliary.
Wreaths were placed in front of the veterans’ monument by the sidewalk and another at the POW memorial at the rear of the courthouse.
Several World War II veterans were in attendance, including the oldest at 95, Walter Sitchenko, who served in the Army Air Force, and now lives in Symphony Village, Centreville.
Following the ceremony, the public was invited to the Post Home for luncheon offered up by the Legion Post’s Auxiliary members. Also at the Post Home, Commander Higgins led a solemn ceremony known as Post Everlasting, honoring Legion members who had died within the past year.
The oldest World War II veteran attending the Veterans Day ceremony at the courthouse on Nov. 11 was Walter Sitchenko, who is 95. He lives at Symphony Village, Centreville, and served in the Army Air Force during WWII.
Jeff Davis Post 18, Commander Vince Higgins welcomes the crowd at the annual Veterans Day ceremony in front of the courthouse on Nov. 11. The high school band is in the background.