Rec­og­niz­ing Vet­er­ans Day 2017

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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

lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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.

PHO­TOS BY DAN BALD­WIN

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.

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