Galena to salute World War I soldiers
GALENA — Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, the Town of Galena will mark the graves of two WWI soldiers during its Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 12, in the cemetery adjacent to St. Dennis Church.
The honorees are John Doo, who was in a wagon supply unit in a field artillery regiment, and William F. Ross, a private in an engineering training regiment.
Royce Ball, co-founder of the MidShore Recovering Veterans Group, is the keynote speaker for Monday’s ceremony. Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, also has been invited to speak.
Students from Kent County Middle School, Radcliffe Creek School and Kent School will participate in the ceremony, which includes the placing of wreaths at the graves of Doo and Ross.
The public is invited. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Afterward, everyone is invited to the church hall for refreshments.
Galena is holding its Veterans Day observance on Monday because Nov. 11, the actual date the armistice was signed in 1918, falls on a Sunday this year.
For a second year in a row, Autumn Lake Healthcare on Morgnec Road in Chestertown will honor residents who are military veterans.
The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The public is invited.
An Air Force unit will post the colors. Also participating in the ceremony are representatives of the American Legion posts in Rock Hall and Betterton.
Each veteran will receive a certificate of appreciation and a gift basket.
Veterans Day activities in Chestertown include a free concert Friday night at the Garfield Center for the Arts on High Street. The Chester Chamber Singers headline the event, which begins at 7 p.m.
Also featured will be a screening of the short documentary titled “Stories in Service,” a project created through the collaboration of Tess Hogans, the Garfield Center and the Kent County News.
To reserve your seat, contact the box office at 410-810-2060 or email email@example.com.
Washington College will salute area veterans with a brunch 11 a.m. Sunday in the Hodson Hall Commons dining hall. The community is invited. There is no cost for veterans. The cost is $11 for the general public. For more information, contact Alicia Boyd at 410-7787849.
Also on Sunday, Rock Hall American Legion Post 228 will host two ceremonies.
At 11:15 a.m. in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, the post will honor its namesake, Sgt. Preston Ashley, a soldier who was killed in Tunisia in May 1943.
Ashley, who enlisted at the age of 19, was only 23 at the time of his death. His remains are buried in the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis.
Post 228 Commander Vernon Rodney and Vice Commander Larry Crouch will speak at Ashley’s memorial stone in Wesley Chapel. Also scheduled to speak is Ashley’s niece Patsy Reihl, who has been working on this project for several years.
This is the 75th anniversary of the year of Ashley’s death.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Post 228, which is located on Sharp Street, will host its “Post Everlasting” tribute to members who have died in the past year. The honorees this year include seven Legion members, three auxiliary members and three members of the Sons of the American Legion.
The public is invited to both ceremonies in Rock Hall.
Autumn Lake Healthcare at Chestertown resident Dorothy Moore, who was a specialist in the Army Reserve from 1975 to 1978, receives a veteran’s pin from American Legion Post 246 Vice Commander Bill Blake during Veterans Day ceremonies last year. In the foreground is Post 246 Commander Russell Bell. Moore is one of 12 veterans at Autumn Lake who will be honored Friday.