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A Salute to Our Veterans

There is nothing typical about any holidays or other observances during this year as health concerns over a coronavirus grip the world. Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is no different. Many communities are not holding their typical parades or in-person services.

∫ In Wheeling, American Legion Post 1 will hold a virtual only Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 on the Post’s Facebook page. This event will be “low key,” according to Post Commander Chuck Hood, due to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 in Ohio County.

” We’ve struggled with what to do because of the restrictions so we are going virtual,” Hood said.

Veterans Day has been an official observance in this country since 1938. While the dates have changed over the years, it now remains on Nov. 11. Veterans Day is always observed on Nov. 11, however if the date falls on a Sunday, Monday is the holiday.

Many folks confuse Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November.

According to timeanddate.com, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle.

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.

∫ Members of the P.A.P. Club at 4410 Jacob St. in South Wheeling will once again honor veterans with a special breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

This is a free event for all men and women veterans. You do not have to be a member of the club to attend.

Ed Gorczyca said the event is always well-received and anticipated by area veterans.

He said those who attend enjoy the camaraderie of being with other veterans, sharing stories and reminiscing.

Those who attend will enjoy a meal of eggs, toast, creamed beef on toast, coffee and more.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their medals, I.D. dog tags, hats, photos, memorabilia and more.

The P.A.P. Club was founded in 1919 as the Polish American Patriot Club and served as a mecca for the large Polish community in South Wheeling.

Today, its is known at the Polish American Patriot Club. Its walls hold reminders of the many veterans who have served this country.

For more information or questions, call the club at 304-232-1752 or Ed at 304-280-9266.

∫ Pat Duffy, Americanism chairman for the Wheeling Elks Lodge 28, will set up his display to honor veterans in the lobby of Main Street Bank in Wheeling next week. It will remain in place for several days.

∫ Meanwhile, Barnesville Elks Lodge 1699, 117 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville, will host a Veterans Day spaghetti dinner starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.

This event is open to the public. Call 740-425-9181 for more information.

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