2017-11-09 / Front Page

Salute to vets Saturday at East Ferry


Leslie Kurtz, commander of Legion Post 22, stands at attention during the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony at East Ferry. This year’s edition is Saturday. Leslie Kurtz, commander of Legion Post 22, stands at attention during the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony at East Ferry. This year’s edition is Saturday. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, all Jamestown veterans, including active duty, National Guard, Reservists and ROTC students, are encouraged to stand together at East Ferry to honor the men and women who served, and continue to serve, the United States in uniform.

The Veterans Day ceremony is being co-sponsored by the Arnold Zweir Post 22 of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9447. Active and former military members should arrive at Veterans Memorial

Square at 10:50 a.m. Saturday to join the formation immediately north of the flagpole. Uniforms and civilian clothes are acceptable.

After a brief ceremony, all veterans who stood in the formation, along with their families, are invited to a catered lunch across the street at the recreation center, 41 Conanicus Ave. The building, now the recreation department’s headquarters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. It opened as a USO hall in 1942 as a social getaway for soldiers and sailors stationed at the Coast Artillery forts. On Saturday, it once again will be used for its original function — serving the troops.

The Legion and VFW are seeking volunteers to raise 100 Americans flags at 7 a.m. and lower them at 3 p.m. These flags, donated by family members, once covered the caskets of deceased veterans.

Veterans Day marks the end of World War I at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918, when the armistice with Germany was signed.

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