Galena to salute World War I sol­diers

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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 box­of­fice@garfield­cen­ter.org.

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.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

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.

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