THOMASTON — On the morning of Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the Williams-Brazier Post 37, at 10 Watts Lane in Thomaston, will celebrate the 103rd anniversary of the first Armistice Day in 1919, and how it became the Veterans Day that is celebrated across the United States and around the world today. The Midcoast Community Band will provide patriotic music throughout the celebration.

The celebration will be opened by Post 37 Commander, Jeremey Miller. This will be followed by the Posting of the Colors by members of Boy Scout Troop 215 and Troop 200. The Midcoast Community Band will follow with the playing of the National Anthem. Next will be the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, the laying of a memorial wreath, and the playing of taps to honor those that gave their all. Post 37 Adjutant Kent Woodward will provide the opening and closing prayers.

Post and Department of Maine Historian George Robinson, Jr., will talk about the progression of Armistice Day over the past 103 years, from the German surrender in 1918, to the first celebration of Armistice Day in Thomaston in 1919, and how it grew to become Veterans Day today. Robinson will be followed by Sergeant-at-Arms, Jon Grout, with the meaning of the items placed at POW/MIA table. Miller will once again take the podium to recite the poem, “In Flanders Fields,” followed by Unit 37 member Michelle White, reciting “We Shall Keep the Faith.” A closing prayer and remarks will follow.

The celebration will be closed with the retirement in place of the Post 37 colors and closing. The celebration is open to the public, including all veterans and their families. Please join Post 37 in celebrating all veterans, past and present.