The John J. Morris American Legion Family at Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave., in Peoria, invites the public to participate in the Centennial commemoration of the end of WWI at 11 a.m. on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. This date and time coincides with the WWI signing of armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for the final ceasefire on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 a.m. in 1918.
The event will include participation in the “Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance.” The nationwide program is designed to honor the 4.7 million American men and women who served 100 years ago during World War I, especially the 116,516 who died. Attendees at Post 62 on Veteran’s Day will each receive a bell to ring at 11:00 — along with bells ringing across the country at 11 a.m. local time.
Attendees will also receive a nearly 100-year-old symbol designed to honor service members who died in service to their country: the poppy. From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on. The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain.
The American Legion Auxiliary poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered. Any donations received from poppy distribution go directly to assist veterans in our communities.
Peoria resident Bob Mrkvicka, former Section Leader of the U.S. Academy Band at West Point, will perform Taps, the National Anthem and God Bless America on his flute. Taps is America’s “National Song of Remembrance.” It is sounded daily at military funerals and memorial services throughout the United States. The performance of Taps is also occurring across the country that morning. Similarly, its counterpart, Last Post will be performed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The Post 62 Color Guard, led by Peoria resident and Marine Corps veteran John Murnan, will conduct a flag raising ceremony. Other participating color guard veterans are James McCrady, Denny Allen, Myron Ragan, Chuck Morris, “Doc” Docherty, Raney Wright, and Frank Sisti.
Sun City resident, James McCrady, Air Force Veteran and Commander of Post 62 along with representatives from the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders will participate in the event.
The event will be livestreamed by the Peoria Student Broadcast Network from Centennial High School. To view live visit livestream.com/watch and search for “Post 62.”
The American Legion is also celebrating its Centennial this year. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service-members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country.
Today, membership stands at over 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide.
IF YOU GO
What: Centennial commemoration of the end of WWI
When: 11 a.m. on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 11
Where: John J. Morris American Legion Family at Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave., Peoria
More Information: Email email@example.com or stop by the Post