Here are some of the activities being held in observance of Veterans Day:
To mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, the Shenandoah County History Council is asking area residents to toll bells at 11 a.m. Monday for a “Ring Remembrance” for those who served. People are asked to ring a bell for about one minute followed by a moment of silence. Of the 116,708 who died during World War I, 23 were Shenandoah County residents. To learn more about the role our locality played in the war, visit the Shenandoah County Library’s site www.bit.ly/2Rnsd2H or call 540-984-8200.
Frederick County Public Schools
Frederick County Public Schools’ Government Service Learning Students will honor veterans today with a Veterans Day breakfast and celebration at Millbrook High School. The event will begin with breakfast at 8:45 a.m. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. Veterans who plan to attend are asked to let the high school know by calling 540-545-2800 by Wednesday. The general public does not need to RSVP if attending the 9:30 a.m. program.
City of Winchester
The city will hold a Veterans Day recognition at Jim Barnett Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Gore’s Meats will be grilling hamburgers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes a blood drive, giveaways and free facility use and classes for veterans. The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “Winchester Community” to schedule an appointment. The goal is to collect 75 units of blood. Veterans can enjoy designated park programs and facilities for free including the use of the indoor pool, fitness room and gymnasium.
There will also be memorabilia about the Red Cross and the U.S. Armed Forces. Information: 540-662-4946.
The North Shenandoah Ruritan Club will sponsor a Veterans Day breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lebanon Church Community Center on state Route 55 west of Strasburg. There is no charge for veterans. Non-veterans will be asked to make a free-will donation.
The Signal Knob Middle School FFA chapter will hold a Veterans Day breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the school.
The event will feature a slideshow presentation, keynote guest speaker, speakers from Virginia FFA, patriotic music and a special ceremony by FFA chapter officers.
Reservations are requested by calling Jaclyn Ryan at 540-465-6835 or email email@example.com.
- Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City will host a Veterans Day pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Veterans will eat for free with proof of service. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-9 and free for children under 3. Donations will be given to Semper K9, which provides assistance dogs to wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at the town’s Veterans Memorial at 5516 Main St. Each year, the event features a speech, posting of the colors, a performance of the national anthem and a wreath-laying ceremony.
American Legion Giles B. Cook Post 53 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Warren County Courthouse in Front Royal.
Speakers will be Post Commander Larry Funk and Town Councilman Bill Sealock. A luncheon will follow at the post home, 22 W. 8th St., Front Royal. Information: 540-635-5017.
Central High School in Woodstock will honor veterans with a performance by the W.W. Robinson Elementary School Chorus and Central’s Orchestra from 9:40 to 10:15 a.m. Monday in the school’s new gymnasium.
Shenandoah County School Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnston will open the ceremony. American Legion Post 199 members Douglas “Nick” Seibert and Kenn Sadler will be guest speakers.
The program will be attended by 65 veterans, who will be eating lunch with family members enrolled at W.W. Robinson.
Shenandoah Memorial Park
The Winchester-Frederick County Veterans Council will recognize Veterans Day at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, at Shenandoah Memorial Park, 1260 Front Royal Pike. The keynote speaker will be Command Master Chief Tony Polanco, U.S. Navy retired. Polanco is a veteran of the battle for Fallujah and a 30-year veteran of the Navy, spending much of his time with the Marine Corps as a fleet Marine forces hospital corpsman.
There will also be an observance of the the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice and the 67th anniversary of Veterans Day, with brief remarks at the beginning of the service.
After the ceremony, the public is invited to lunch at the American Legion Building on Berryville Pike. The lunch is provided by various veterans groups.
Middletown will hold a Veterans Day service at 2 p.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street (U.S. 11) at the south end of town.
Winchester National Cemetery
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Winchester National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday, 401 National Ave. Air Force Col. Nancy S. Braswell will be the speaker.
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