Veterans Day To Be Observed Sunday

A public centennial observance of Armistice Day (now known as Veterans Day) will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Spirit of the American Doughboy monument at Wheeling Park.

The program will include the presentation of colors by American Legion Post 1 and Post 89, the singing of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, an opening prayer and the reading of a poem, “In Flanders Fields.”

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott will offer remarks. A brief history of Post 1 will be given. Keynote speaker Hal Gorby, a professor of history at West Virginia University, will discuss the history of Wheeling in World War I.

Recognition of veterans and families will take place, along with a performance of special music, “Over There.”

The program will conclude with a closing prayer, laying of a wreath, Post 1 retrieving the colors and Taps.

Wheeling Park will provide light refreshments for attendees in the Stone Room after the ceremony.

Partners for the event include the city of Wheeling, American Legion Post 1, American Legion Post 89, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ohio County Public Library, Wheeling Park, Archiving Wheeling, Wheeling Heritage and the WALS Foundation.

On a related note, many churches around the Ohio Valley will be participating in the “Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance” organized by the United States World War I Centennial Commission. At 11 a.m. Sunday, churches and other organizations across the nation will toll bells in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed. For more information on this remembrance, visit online at www.worldwar1centennial.org.

The planning committee is interested in hearing from descendants of World War I veterans and nurses. If you’re a relative and would be willing to speak to committee members, call 304-232-0244 or contact by email at lunchwithbooks@yahoo.com.

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