American Legion Veterans Day Celebration held Nov. 11

Oct 30, 2019
Photo by: George Robinson, Jr. Williams-Brazier Post 37 meeting house in Thomaston

Thomaston — On the morning of Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the Williams-Braxier Post 37 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day in 1919 and how it became the Veterans Day that is celebrated across America today. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Post 37 Auxiliary and the Mid-Coast Community Band will provide spirited patriotic music throughout the celebration.

The celebration will be opened by Post 37 Commander William Demmons. This will be followed by a Posting of the Colors, National Anthem, the laying of a memorial wreath, and the playing of Taps to honor those that gave their all. Peter Scheff, of the Abundant Grace Fellowship Church in Searsmont and member of Post 37, will provide the opening and closing prayer. Special guest American Legion District 6 Commander Ray Lewis will speak about the American Legion.

Local historians, Hank Lunn and David Sulin will provide short talks about Maine Sharpshooters in the Devil’s Den and German POW’s working on a Houlton potato farm respectively. Post 37 Legionnaires and Auxiliary members will provide short talks that include a recital of the poem, “Flanders Fields”, POW/MIA Recognition, the Auxiliary and the growth of the holiday from Armistice Day to becoming Veterans Day. The celebration is open to the public, including all veterans and their families. Join Post 37, at 37 Watts Lane, in celebrating all veterans, past and present.

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