Several events on tap to recognize Veterans Day

Several Veterans Day events are planned to commemorate the holiday that began in 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day.

In 1954, Veterans Day replaced Armistice Day.

The Wicomico County War Memorial Committee will present a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial in front of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

In case of rain, it will be in Da Nang Room.

Coordinated by the Wicomico County War Memorial Committee, the ceremony will feature patriotic music, prayer and remembrance to honor veterans.

The War Memorial is a fitting location because it is a living war memorial to all veterans.

Outside, flags from each service branch, along with a U.S., Maryland, Wicomico County and the POW-MIA flag fly over a brick wall displaying bronze plaques with the names of Wicomico County’s fallen veterans from World War II and beyond.

For additional information, see wicomicociviccenter.org/about-the-center/war-memorial.

Veterans Day was created to honor World War I veterans and celebrate the end of World War I, at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, legislation was approved by the 83rd U.S. Congress to change the name to Veterans Day.

The fourth annual Hero Day will be at City Park at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with a 5K run for adults and a one-lap Fun Run for elementary school-aged children, all who will receive dog tag medals.

Usually about 50 children run and 100 adults.

Adult participants will also receive medals, and winners will be given other prizes.

Adults and children can register at runsignup.com/Race/MD/Salisbury/HeroDay5k.

A food truck will be there selling breakfast sandwiches, coffee and hot chocolate. Military vendors will offer information and there will be representatives from Operation We Care, Heroes Haven, Girl Scouts, Wreaths Across America, the U.S. Army, Maryland National Guard, Salisbury Fire Department and Salisbury Police Department.

Mayor Jake Day will be one of the speakers.

Presentation of Colors will be by the Pocomoke High School Junior ROTC.

After the event, there will be a Yoga Cool Down Session by Laurel Gilmore of Soul Yoga Studio in Salisbury.

Usually, about 250 people attend the event, according to organizer Alison Pulcher, who advised those attending to look on the Hero Day Facebook page SBY Hero Day for information in case it rains.

Those with military experience, first responders and other public servants are asked to get involved in Hero Day, as it continues to grow. E-mail Pulcher at alisonpulcher@yahoo.com.

Hero Day was started by four community members who all had military affiliations and sought to bring civilian, military and community heroes together for a day of physical fitness, community building, awareness and appreciation.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce are jointly hosting a banquet to recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

It will be on Friday in the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Henson Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The university’s hospitality and tourism management students planned a gourmet menu and will prepare the meal.

Three generals who live on the Lower Shore will speak and there will also be a patriots’ tribute.

Tickets cost $50 each and proceeds will support the Silver Star Scholarship Fund to help veterans pay for tuition at UMES.

Call 410-651-8045.

Wor-Wic Community College’s annual Veterans Day ceremony is set for Nov. 8 from noon to 12:30 p.m.in Guerrieri Hall Room 101.

Several of Wor-Wic’s more than 200 veteran and military students will attend.

Salisbury University will join other institutions nationwide by ringing Bells of Peace on Nov. 11, to honor those who served in World War I.

“Through the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission program, bell towers, chimes and carillons throughout the nation will ring their bells 21 times, representing a 21-gun salute, at 11 a.m. local time to commemorate the Nov. 11, 1918, signing of the Armistice, which ended the First World War,” an SU-issued news release states.

SU’s Brown and Church Carillon at the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons will toll during that time.

Inside the Academic Commons, SU will commemorate the milestone with the exhibit Over Here and Over There: The World at War, 1914-1918 in the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture’s G. Ray Thompson Gallery through Dec. 19.

Salisbury Kool Smiles Dental Offices are donating 200 dental kits for deployed U.S. troops, as well as funds to cover the assembly and shipment of 200 Operation Gratitude care packages.

Children who took Halloween candy to a Kool Smiles dental office received a toy from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. Donated candy will be sent in care packages to service members stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude.

The initiative promotes good dental health and “gives the children and families an opportunity to send deployed U.S. troops and veterans and first responders serving here at home this year a sweet reminder of their gratitude during the holiday season,” according to a news release issued by Kool Smiles.

Americans spent $2.5 billion dollars on 600 million pounds of Halloween Candy every year.  Last year, children donated more than four tons of candy through Operation Troop Treats, according to the news release.

Several restaurants in Salisbury are offering Veterans Day discounts. See the list of participating restaurants at Military.com.

In nearby Ocean Pines, a ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Route 589 and Cathell Road.

Capt. Jeff Lock of the U.S. Navy, commander of the Surface Command Center at Wallops Island in Accomack County, Va., will speak.

If it rains, the ceremony will be at the Community Center in Ocean Pines at 235 Ocean Parkway.

Faded or worn American flags may be dropped off before or after the ceremony, for disposal at the Flag Retirement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17 at the Veterans Memorial.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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