Recognizing Veterans Day 2017
By: KEITH ROBERTS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LAMKY, LUTHER, WHITEHEAD, VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. A date known in history as the time when the cessation of the hostilities known as World War I (the war to end all wars) took effect in 1918. On November 11, 1919, King George V of England hosted the first official Armistice Day celebration by hosting a “Banquet
in Honour of the President of the French Republic” on the grounds of Buckingham Palace. In subsequent years member nations of the British Commonwealth began to join in the services. Today, festivities to honor this date are held in Nations all over the world.
In the United States, in cities all across the nation, thousands gathered at multiple events to mark the day. One of the largest celebration of that day took place in Philadelphia (see photo). A Congressional Resolution passed in 1926 called for the day to be an official annual observance in this country. In 1938 the day was made into a National Holiday. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name of the Holiday to Veteran’s Day to honor Veterans of all wars.
According to Dept. of De- fense, and Veterans Administration figures, there are currently 21.8 million veterans in our country comprised of those who served during WW II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and other locations. “Veterans Day” is the day set aside where we pay tribute and honor all of them. Some of the ways to do this are:
• Wear a red poppy or yel-
low ribbon that day. • Visit a Veterans hospital and greet some of the patients. • Express thanks whenever you see someone in uniform. • Encourage your children to recognize and be aware of the significance of the day. • Attend services in your
Here in Eastern Baltimore County, there will be events at various locations. One of those locations will be the Lamky, Luther Whitehead Veterans Memorial located at 10201 Bird River Rd. in Middle River. Our Annual Prayer Service will begin at 11 AM on Saturday, Nov. 11th. This is an informal service whereby Veterans and their friends and families gather to say a few prayers, sing a few patriotic songs, share stories and memories, and Honor all Veterans. At 4 PM on the same day, we return to the Monuments for our annual Illumination service. Hundreds of red, white, and blue luminaries will be placed surrounding the monuments which themselves will be bathed in red, white and blue flood lights. Add to this prayers, songs and more and it is a beautiful twilight event.
The general public is invited and encouraged to attend both of these events.
Cub Scouts from Troop 350 took part in the 2015 Memorial Day parade at the Lamky, Luther, Whitehead Veterans Memorial at Holly Hills Memorial Gardens.
Hundreds gathered around the Lamky-Luther-Whitehead Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day 2016 to honor local residents who were killed serving their country.