The King American Legion Post 290 and Stokes County Arts Council will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration on Friday, November 11, 2016 at King Central Park, 302 Kirby Road in King.
The festivities begin at 10:15 am 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 11am with the Posting of Colors by the American Legion Post 290 Honor Guard and National Anthem performed by the 208th Army Band Ensemble. Legion Commander Don Holland will introduce First Vice-Commander Clifton Kilby as the Guest Speaker 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 and the 208th Army Band Ensemble. The primary mission of the 208th Army Band is to promote the spirit de corps of military fighting forces and to serve as a goodwill ambassador throughout North and South Carolina.
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, Retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Don Adams, Gary Thomas, Pastor Jon White, with King Mayor Jack Warren invited to provide the celebration’s welcome and opening remarks.