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Veterans Day events on tap Monday and Tuesday

By Sally Voth

This year, Veterans Day is being commemorated over the course of two days.

Various organizations are having events on Nov. 11, while others are opting for Nov. 12 since Nov. 11 is a Sunday.

In Woodstock, American Legion Post 199, 411 S. Muhlenberg St., will have a ceremony at 12:30 p.m., as well as a lunch. For more information, call 459-2241.

Also on Sunday, there will be a 5K walk at Sky Meadows State Park to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. There also will be music by Carolina Mountain Band, and a guest speaker.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration from 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be given out.

On Monday, 14 veterans' groups have organized the 10:30 a.m. service in Omps Funeral Home's South Chapel in Shenandoah Memorial Park, at 1270 Front Royal Pike, according to service co-chairman Don Ratcliff.

Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, is the primary speaker, he said. The service also includes the National Anthem, a 21-gun salute, prayers and songs from the various military branches.

"We've got one guy [Ron Lauck] who's a really good vocalist, he's also a veteran," Ratcliff sad.

Lauck will sing the anthem and "God Bless America," according to Ratcliff.

"We invite the public to join in on it," he said of the singing. He added the service usually draws about 350 peoplee.

"Whenever we play the military songs and each guy or gal stands up for their service song, it's great. Usually there's a few left from World War II. Sometimes they have to be helped to stand up, but they're standing there straight as they can to honor the branch of service in which they served.

"Everybody's welcome, and it's a nice tribute to the veterans who are still living. It's free and it's indoors. If the weather is good, which I hope it will be, there will be a lot of flags, about 400 of them, that really look great. They line the roads of the cemetery with them. Each of those flags have covered the casket of a veteran. The families give them to the cemetery, and they get more every year. Just a pretty sight if a breeze is blowing and you see 400 flags snapping in the breeze."

Ratcliff said he'd also be paying tribute during the ceremony to Winchester historian and author Mike Foreman, who died Oct. 30. An Air National Guard veteran, Foreman had been master of ceremonies for the event, and was very active in Winchester civics.

The veterans' groups will be serving lunch at the American Legion building on Berryville Pike after the event.

Also on Monday, Randolph-Macon Academy cadets will conduct a ceremony at the Warren County Courthouse at 11 a.m. The ceremony will feature the color guard, bands, a 21-gun salute and "Echo Taps."

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com


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