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Williams-Brazier Post 37 holds Veterans' Day ceremony

By Christine Simmonds | Nov 11, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Vice Commander Jeremey Miller presents Commander William Demmons with a medal of merit at the Veterans’ Day ceremony in Thomaston.

Thomaston — Post Commander William Demmons received a silver medal of merit during the yearly Veterans’ Day ceremony at American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37 in Thomaston.

Vice Commander Jeremey Miller presented the medal to Demmons. Vice Commander Miller praised Demmons for his hard work and dedication to revitalizing Post 37 to its current status.

Commander Demmons’ family was present for the ceremony as well.

Boy Scout Troop 215 of Thomaston posted of the colors and performed the flag folding ceremony.

Vice Commander Miller dedicated the Prisoner of War/Missing In Action chair to member Arthur Kiskila, who died in March. Miller expressed his frustration at giving posthumous awards, and reminded those present to honor and recognize loved ones while they are still living.

Adam Grunder read the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrea.

Secretary of Unit 37 Auxiliary Michelle White spoke about Moina Michael, known as The Poppy Lady for her work establishing the red poppy as a symbol of veteran remembrance during World War One. White also read Michael’s poem We Shall Keep The Faith.

In an emotional moment, White told the audience she was a veteran, the wife of a retired veteran and the mother of a deployed soldier.

Service Officer Jeff Wright presented a flag drop box for American flags to be retired. The drop box was dedicated to Demmons.

After the closing prayer, read by Demmons, an audience member deposited the first flag in the drop box.

American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37 Commander William Demmons salutes the flag during taps at the Veterans' Day ceremony in Thomaston. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37 Vice Commander Jeremey Miller dedicates the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action chair to Arthur Kiskila at the Veterans' Day ceremony in Thomaston. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Adam Grunder reads the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrea during the Veterans' Day ceremony at Thomaston American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Secretary of Unit 37 Auxiliary Michelle White reads We Shall Keep The Faith by Moina Michael during the Veteran's Day ceremony at Thomaston American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Thomaston American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37 Service Officer Jeff Wright dedicates the new flag drop box for American flags to be retired at the Veterans' Day ceremony. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Boy Scout Troup 215 of Thomaston performs the flag folding ceremony during the Veterans' Day ceremony at Thomaston American Legion Williams-Brazier Post 37. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Nov 12, 2020 07:15

Good on Ya Post 37. Another great event.



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