Legion, VFW plan Veterans Day events

The monument that stands in Veterans Memorial Square.

The monument that stands in Veterans Memorial Square.

Members of the armed forces who take part within the Veterans Day ceremony are invited to a free lunch following the waterfront occasion at East Ferry.

Online reservations are required by way of the American Legion Arnold Zweir Post 22 at Reservations additionally will be reserved by e-mailing [email protected] The luncheon on the recreation middle is restricted to 100 folks as a precaution as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

The lunch is being sponsored by the Jamestown Women’s Club following the ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. It is not going to be a buffet, nonetheless, like earlier events. To cut back the quantity of dealing with of meals and gear to curb the unfold of COVID-19, the lunch can be catered with prepackaged meals from Panera Bread. This additionally will permit veterans and their households to take a seat exterior of the rec middle and eat, or take the meal dwelling with them.

Prior to the luncheon, beneath the path of the Legion and VFW Post 9447, a visitor speaker will handle the group at Veterans Memorial Square. All veterans, together with energetic responsibility, retired, National Guard, reservists, and ROTC college students, are inspired to hitch the formation on the flag pole. They ought to arrive a couple of minutes early. Uniforms and civilian garments are acceptable, and face masks can be required no matter vaccination standing.

The formation can be on the northeast nook of memorial sq., however veterans can be extra unfold out due to the pandemic. The floor can be marked in 6-foot intervals. At the west finish of the sq., there can be 6-foot markings so spectators can preserve secure distances, and overflow crowd ought to stand on adjoining sidewalks whereas sustaining a 6-foot distance.

The visitor speaker can be Dan Ustick, a Jamestown veteran who served 10 years within the U.S. Navy, and was an officer-in-charge of a swift boat in the course of the Vietnam War. A lifelong educator and advisor, together with work at Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island, he was the driving drive behind the POW/MIA flag being a everlasting fixture on the flagpole at East Ferry.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day in recognition of the truce that ended World War I a 12 months earlier than. Millions have been killed within the struggle, together with greater than 50,000 Americans. Another 200,000 Americans have been estimated to be wounded, and about 60,000 died of sickness. Sixty-three males and three girls from Jamestown served in uniform throughout World War I; Roger Haydock and Thomas Hirst didn’t return.

In 1954, after hundreds of thousands extra women and men had served in World War II and Korea, Congress modified the title of the vacation to Veterans Day to honor all of them.

At 7 a.m. Nov. 11, volunteers are wanted at Veterans Memorial Square to boost 100 American flag that when coated the caskets of deceased veterans from Jamestown. They have been donated by their households. Volunteers are also wanted at 3 p.m. to take the flags down.

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