Waldo County to honor its veterans 100 years after first Armistice Day

Annual parade in Belfast at 11 a.m. Monday
By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 02, 2019

Veterans Day, originally Armistice Day, marks the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — a four-year war that ended with an armistice, rather than a surrender; both sides agreed to stop the carnage. It was the bloodiest war to date in world history.

In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day, which in 1926 became a permanent legal holiday. In 1954, Congress — at the urging of veterans’ organizations — changed its name to Veterans Day to honor service members who had served in World War II and the Korean War as well.

A number of events are planned around Waldo County to honor and thank our veterans for their military service, in times of both war and peace.

Friday, Nov. 8

Regional School Unit 20 invites local veterans to breakfast and special ceremonies to honor them Friday, Nov. 8, at Searsport District Middle High School.

The high school's JMG classes will serve a free breakfast for veterans at 8:30 a.m. in the SDMHS cafeteria, followed by the ceremonies in the Memorial Gym at 9 a.m.

The program will include musical selections from the elementary, middle and high school music classes, written tributes shared by students, and a roll call to recognize all veterans present.

Immediately following the ceremonies, light refreshments will be provided for all community members in the SDMHS cafeteria.

For more information, contact Joshua Toothaker, SDMHS dean of students, at jtoothaker@rsu20.org or 548-2313.

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10

Members of Randall Collins Post 3108, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be distributing  poppies around Belfast in a tradition that stems from a World War I poem, the first lines of which are, "In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row on row."

Sunday, Nov. 10

A community service to recognize veterans and thank them for their service takes place Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at Faith Temple Church, 189 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast. The program includes a presentation of colors by Belfast VFW, the Armed Forces Medley of songs for each service branch, and certificates of appreciation for all veterans. All are welcome.

Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day

The annual Veterans Day parade, led by Belfast VFW, steps off at 11 a.m. from Belfast Area High School and marches down Main Street to the waterfront for a brief ceremony.

Jerry W. Dobbins American Legion Post 157 will hold a Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Stockton Springs. There will be refreshments immediately following at the Legion hall.

Northport VFW Post 6131, 780 Atlantic Highway, will host a Veterans Day dinner, free to all veterans. Doors open at noon; the meal begins at 1 p.m. Donations welcome. For more information, call 338-2703.

Tarratine Tribe of Belfast invites all veterans to its annual free dinner for Veterans Day at 156 Main St., corner of Waldo Avenue, at 5 p.m. The menu is ham, mac and cheese with gluten-free mac and cheese available, vegetables and desserts, with some diabetic dessert options. All are welcome.

Source: history.com.

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