Le­gion ob­ser­vance marks Veter­ans Day

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DAN TABLER Con­tribut­ing Writer

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.

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