The 2018 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at Merriweather Drive and Little Patuxent Parkway, across from the MedStar Health building.
By Janene Holzberg
Nov 05, 2018 | 4:10 PM
Almost all of Conran’s 19 grandchildren attended or are students at the Ellicott City school.
Veterans Day is Sunday, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of when the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month brought an end to The Great War, also known as The War to End All Wars and World War I.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as “Armistice Day,” and Veterans Day became a legal holiday on May 13, 1938, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Elementary opened in 2007 and sits on land the county purchased from Post 7472.
That’s how Veterans Elementary got its name, said Post Commander Christopher Bowers.
Bowers, who served in the Marine Corps for nine years, said post members enjoy taking part in the ceremony.
Veterans had a chance to sit down, and swap old war stories with each other over coffee and breakfast in the school’s library.
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Students left handwritten thank-you notes and acrostic poems with the word “Veteran” on the library’s bookshelves. In the poems, students wrote words such as “American,” “Very brave,” “Earned medals,” “They’re fearless,” and “Never give up.”
During the ceremony, the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps from Howard High School performed the presentation of colors, the l elementary school orchestra performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the band ensemble performed “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” and schools Superintendent Michael Martirano and state Sen. Gail Bates spoke.
James Franklin, of Columbia, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Wearing an Air Force button-down shirt, Franklin attended Friday’s ceremony because of his three grandchildren that attend Veterans Elementary.