by Geoff Fox
At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the armistice to end World War I was signed. Since the end of the war, that day has been recognized as a day to remember United States Military veterans.
Starting at 11 a.m., Hancock Middle-Senior High School will hold their annual Veterans Day ceremony in the school’s auditorium.
Russell Walzer, a retired Navy veteran, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony and the Panther Color Guard will also do a presentation.
The ceremony is open to the community and local veterans and their families are welcome to attend with seating in the front row.
Bells to ring
Last year, at 11 a.m., bells from local churches sounded to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI and they’ll sound once again this year.
Hancock United Methodist Church, St. Peter Catholic Church, and St. Thomas Episcopal Church have agreed to ring their bells on Monday at 11 a.m.
The bells ran in support of the centennial commemoration. This year they’ll ring again as the Bells of Peace. They’ll toll reverently 21 times, five seconds apart in hope for continued peace.
United Methodist Church to hold dinner
The Hancock United Methodist Church is holding their 10th Annual Community Veterans Day Dinner, Monday, November 11, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The dinner is hosted by the church to honor local Veterans in order for the church to express their gratitude for the many sacrifices veterans have made in service to the United States.
All veterans of the tri-state area are invited to the dinner with one guest.
To help organizers plan effectively, they ask veterans to contact the church in advance so they plan effectively.
Contact the Hancock United Methodist Church at 301-678-6440 or Debbie Murphy at 301-678-5338 if you’d like to attend.