The American Legion Post 290 and the Stokes County Arts Council will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration on Sunday, November 11 at King Central Park located at 302 Kirby Road in King.
The festivities begin at 1:25 p.m. at the park amphitheater with a patriotic music prelude presented by the West Stokes High School Band under the direction of Ms. Lorena Schakel, followed at 2 p.m. with the Posting of Colors by the American Legion Post 290 Honor Guard. Legion Commander Clif Kilby will introduce guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel David Durham before the program moves to the Stokes Veteran’s Memorial site at the park for the tile dedication, laying of the wreath, and special music provided by Mr. Ken Bloom.
Veteran’s Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11 that honors military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I, as major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day until it was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954.
Additional participants included in this year’s Veteran’s Day Celebration include Boy Scout Troop 409, American Legion Post 290 Chaplain Don Adams, Gary Thomas, with King Mayor Jack Warren and Representative Kyle Hall invited to provide the celebration’s welcome and opening remarks.