Honoring our veterans

Veterans Day gratitude, from fellow vets to public transit

It’s been a century since the U.S. created a holiday to honor military veterans.

When World War I was nearing an end, a 1918 truce began “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.” From then on, the U.S. has honored veterans with Armistice Day (renamed Veterans Day in 1954). At the time it was created, no one could have imagined where American soldiers would serve for the next 100 years, from desert to jungle and everywhere in between.

Although we can’t imagine what our service men and women might have to do in the next hundred years, we appreciate your hard work, willingness to serve and dedication.

On a regular basis, veterans’ organizations host dinners, dances, game nights and more. They share both a camaraderie and support for those in need.

On Veterans Day, all local groups open their doors to military service personnel in active duty, reserves or veteran status.

American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro will host a ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., which is open to the public. Afterward, all are invited to stay for a luncheon. There is no cost. Guests are being asked bring covered dish, if they are able.

“Any veteran can come enjoy our service. We’re going to have a speaker, the color guard from Sussex Central High School, other veterans visiting,” said post commander Ty Remp, who will also speak during the ceremony.

As veterans, he said, their goal is to honor veterans, but also to educate the community. This year’s theme is “the American flag,” Remp said, “to show support for our veterans and show support for our country.

For details, call (302) 732-3120. The post is located at 28181 Nine Foot Road, Dagsboro.

The VFW Mason-Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View will host a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Afterward, luncheon will be served. There is no charge to attend.

The 45-minute indoor event will include a speaker, “Taps” and a volley — “nothing too big and fancy,” said post commander Dean Levering.

“It’s just a nice thing. We have the three different [holidays] each year. Memorial Day is to remember those who didn’t return. Veterans Day is to honor the ones who are serving,” he said.

For details, call (302) 539-9981. The post is located at 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View.

In Georgetown, CHEER will host its annual Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 8, at the CHEER Community Center at 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the honor ceremony at 6:30 p.m. After that, entertainment will be provided disc jockey Sky Brady for dancing to end the evening. A cash bar will be offered. All veterans are welcome free of charge, but reservations are requested. Tickets for spouses or guests cost $10 each. For more information, call (302) 515-3063.

On Route 24, the American Legion Oak Orchard Riverdale Post 28 will also host a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Guests will meet on the lawn (or indoors for inclement weather). Presentations include the Flags for Heroes program; Colleen Johnson’s national presentation for Warrior Community Connect; Auxiliary and Sons presentations; Taps and 21-gun salute; and other dignitaries.

The event is open to the public, and those wishing to purchase lunch at the Legion will get a 25-percent discount on the regular menu. The post is located at 31768 Legion Rd, Millsboro. For details, call (302) 945-1673.

Students at Lighthouse Christian School will honor and thank veterans at their annual program on Friday, Nov. 22, which is open to the public. For details, call (302) 732-3309. The school is located at 28157 Lighthouse Crossing, Dagsboro.

The Polish Club of Delmarva will hold its 20th anniversary celebration and Veterans Day memorial on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City (Md.) Elks Lodge, on the second floor. Tickets cost $25 per person, which includes a hot platter and dessert by Surf’s Edge, as well as beer, wine, soda, coffee and tea. There will be polka/American-variety music by Joy. For tickets, call (410) 250-8625.

Free public transit for vets

Some individual businesses also offer free or discounted services to military veterans.

DART First State public transit is offering free rides to veterans on all statewide bus services on Monday, Nov. 11. Veterans displaying a Veteran’s ID card (this would also cover spouses and partners) or DD 214 can ride for free on all DART bus services all day.

More information is available online (DartFirstState.com) or by calling 1-800-652-DART. A mobile app (“DART Transit App” for iOS and Android) also provides real-time bus information and DART Pass, a fare payment option.

“The military is such an integral part of the community in Delaware. In honor of Veterans Day, DTC [Delaware Transit Corporation] is happy to once again offer free bus rides on this day to the men and women serving in the military and to those who have served, in recognition of their dedication and service,” said DTC CEO John Sisson.

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter