Veterans Day originally commemorated the end of World War I. It started as Armistice Day, but in 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veterans Day.
According to the History Channel’s website, “Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans— living or dead — but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.”
Several West Carroll events will give the community the opportunity to honor and thank veterans who served. Please consider attending one of them and thank a vet!
Monocacy Valley Post observance
The Monocacy Valley Memorial VFW Post 6918 will host their annual Veterans Day Observance, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
Guest speaker, Sgt. Maj. (retired) Adrian G. Gamboa, a 27-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, is an Iraq veteran. He currently serves as the American Legion, Department of Maryland Service Officer, where he serves veterans in need of Veterans Administration benefits. Gamboa will speak on the valor and dedication of veterans.
The observance will include reading of the names of local fallen heros. Post Commander, Sarah Lentz and the VFW Auxiliary will participate in the laying of the wreaths followed by members of the Harney VFW Post 6918 Honor Guard honoring all veterans with a 21-gun salute, followed by the sounding of taps to honor all fallen veterans. Scout Troop 501 will raise and lower the flag to half mast during the ceremony.
Veterans and their families, and all members of the community are invited to attend the program. After the program, light refreshments will be available in the pavilion.
The Monocacy Valley Memorial VFW is located at 5801 Conover Road in Taneytown. For more information on this event, contact Frank Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444.
Taneytown American Legion observance
The Taneytown American Legion Post 120 will host their annual Veterans Day Observance, Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 9 Broad St. Event will include guest speakers, patriotic songs and light refreshments. This event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact Brenda at 410-259-6861.
Knights of Columbus breakfast
To honor local Veterans, St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council 11631 will hold their annual All-You-Can-Eat Veterans Day fundraiser, Sunday, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m. to Noon, at the St Joseph’s Parish Center, 44 Frederick Street in Taneytown.
A special invitation is extended to all active, discharged or retired military to participate in the event and bring their military memorabilia (photos and uniforms). If possible, military personnel should wear their uniform. All active, discharged, or retired military will be honored for their service and receive a 50 percent discount on their breakfast.
The breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, and chipped beef with gravy. Your choice of orange juice, coffee, and tea will be available. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 7-10 (6 and under are free).
Proceeds from this event benefit the Knights of Columbus charitable and service programs. For more information contact Vincent Perticone at 410-756-4886.
Emmanuel Baust fall dinner and bake sale
Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ will hold their annual Fall Dinner and Bake Sale at the church, 2950 Old Taneytown Road, Westminster, Saturday Nov. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Dinner includes pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, string beans, stewed tomatoes, homemade applesauce, and baked corn pudding. Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for ages 6 to 12. Kids under 4 are free. Free carryout meals are available.
Oodles of homemade cakes, pies, breads, brownies, and pantry items will be available for purchase. While at the dinner, why not place your cookie or fudge order for pick-up on Dec. 15?
Proceeds from this event benefit the churches mission programs and the Taneytown Caring and Sharing Program emergency fund. For questions regarding this event, contact Sandy Stonesifer at 410-857-0416 or email the church at email@example.com.
Oyster feed and bull roast
The Taneytown American Legion, 9 Broad Street, Taneytown will host an Oyster Feed and Bull Roast, Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. Menu includes a variety of oysters (steamed, stewed, fried, raw) and pit beef. Sides include macaroni salad, baked beans, veggie trays, cheese, chips, and pretzels. Tickets are $35 each. To purchase tickets, call Mike Stonesifer at 410-756-2628 or Ralph Green at 443-375-8746.
A 50/50 raffle, ham raffle and 13 jars will also be held. Music will be available in the lounge after the feed from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Proceeds from this event will benefit American Legion youth programs.