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Veterans Day to be observed at American Legion in Bloomington, Nov. 11, 2021, starting at 10 a.m.

Veterans Day will be observed starting at 10 a.m., November 11, 2021, at the American Legion Burton Woolery Post 18 located at 1800 W. Third Street in Bloomington, Indiana, according to a press release from the American Legion Auxiliary.

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local American Legion Auxiliary Unit Observes Veterans Day 

Bloomington, IN — In observance of Veterans Day, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 18 will celebrate military servicemembers’ dedication and honor their sacrifices by attending the American Legion Post 18’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th starting at 10 am at the Burton Woolery Post 18 – 1800 W 3rd St Bloomington, IN 47404. 

The event is comprised of a salute to Veterans- paying tribute to all that are currently serving and those that served in the past. The ceremony begins at 10 am with a pause at 11 am for a 21-gun salute and taps  – a solemn moment to remember. We are honoring Veterans while marking the exact day, time, and hour that signaled the end of World War I (11 am on November 11th). Originally recognized as Armistice Day, Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and in 1938 November 11th became a national holiday. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during wartime or peacetime.  The event is being held at the American Legion Post Home to allow for additional space to social distance. Mike Farris, Commander of American Legion Post 18, states; “We will miss the atmosphere the courthouse brings to the event, but we wanted to be sure that people are able to spread out and remain safe.  Our facility can hold a number of people and will be comfortable”.

Other activities include:

  • Paying our respects to those Veterans that passed over the last year – reading their name and ringing a bell in their honor.
  • Hosting a meet and greet Veterans of all eras – this is a great way for the community to know who our local heroes are and when/how they served. Share your service time, rank, and military occupational specialty code.
  • Displaying a parade of wreaths – allowing community organizations to signify their commitment to supporting Veterans.
  • Proper disposal of used/tattered American flags – a spectacle to watch as Old Glory makes its last hooray.
  • A complimentary meal of Ham and Beans with cornbread to be served after the ceremony.

“The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces make sacrifices every day to ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the freedoms that we hold so dear. This event is just one of the ways that we’re able to honor veterans, military, and their families,” said Janice Wampler, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 President.

For more information, call the American Legion Post 18 Commander Mike Farris at 812-334-0500.

The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is a community of volunteers serving veterans, the military, and their families. Our members also support the mission of The American Legion in improving the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. Proud sponsor of ALA Girls Nation, National Poppy Day®, and recognized for advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, the more than 600,000 ALA members across the country volunteer millions of hours annually and raise millions of dollars in service to veterans, military, and their families. Founded in 1919, the ALA is one of the oldest patriotic membership organizations in the U.S.A. To learn more and to volunteer, join, and donate, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org

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