SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico County War Memorial Committee invites the community to join in honoring our military veterans at a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial, located directly in front of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury.
The ceremony, which is being coordinated by the Wicomico County War Memorial Committee, includes patriotic music, prayer and remembrance to honor all veterans. Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be canceled.
Veterans Day, initially termed Armistice Day, was created to honor World War I veterans and celebrate the official ending of the First World War, which occurred at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, legislation was approved by the 83rd U.S. Congress to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day – thereby making Nov. 11 a day in which all American veterans of wars could be honored.
The Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center is a fitting location for this ceremony as the Civic Center is itself a living war memorial to all veterans. At the outside Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial, flags from each service branch, along with a United States, Maryland, Wicomico County and the POW-MIA flag now proudly fly over a brick wall displaying bronze plaques with the names of Wicomico County’s fallen veterans from World War II and beyond. To learn more about the Wicomico War Veterans’ Memorial and the men and women it was built to honor, visit http://www.wicomicociviccenter.org/about-the-center/war-memorial.