Com­mu­nity Salute To Veterans Nov. 8

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - From Emily Jones

The Boy­er­town Ro­tary Club will spon­sor its 18th Annual Salute to Veterans on Thurs­day, Nov. 8, at 7:15 p.m.

St. John’s Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church, 45 N. Read­ing Ave., will be the host church for this year’s Salute which is also the 100th An­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day. It was 100 years ago at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Novem­ber, that the hos­til­i­ties of World War I ended. It was meant to be the end of a war to end all wars.

We all know the end of World War I was not the end of all wars as we have had World War II, Korea, Viet­nam, Per­sian Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and other con­flicts in which our mil­i­tary ser­vices have called upon to serve with courage. It is more im­por­tant than ever that we take the time to rec­og­nize, honor and thank our veterans for keep­ing us safe and free.

By co­in­ci­dence, 2018 is also the 100th An­niver­sary of Irv­ing Ber­lin hav­ing writ­ten the mu­sic and lyrics for “God Bless Amer­ica,” which will be a fea­tured part of the pro­gram as sung by the East and West Show Choir.

This year’s Salute will have a USO Theme with sev­eral mu­si­cal and dance groups fea­tur­ing 1940s mu­sic. The Show Choir will also lead the ever-pop­u­lar Armed Forces Salute rec­og­niz­ing and hon­or­ing veterans from the five mil­i­tary branches as they stand when their mil­i­tary song is sung. Au­di­ence mem­bers are wel­come to bring and dis­play photos of fam­ily veterans as their ser­vice song is sung.

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