American Legion Post 8 Ceremony Marks Veterans Day
by Larry Janezich
A crowd of more than 200 attended American Legion Post 8’s ceremony in Folger Park at 11:00am Monday to honor the men and women who have served in the nation’s armed forces.
U.S. Army Major General Thomas C. Seamonds, COS, G-1, Director of Military Personnel Management, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, told the veterans in attendance: “I don’t want any of you to think we don’t thank you for what you have done. I want to send a message to all veterans – I know what you do, what you have done, and what you will continue to do, and I thank you.” He added that, “We owe a debt of gratitude to the mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters who have loaned family members to keep us safe.”
Calvin C. Tildon, Commander, Kenneth H. Nash American Legion Post 8 presided over the ceremony. Music was provided by The Marine Brass Quintet, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. A moving rendition of “Taps” accompanied the wreath ceremony.
American Legion Post 8 hosts this annual event in Folger Park, opposite the Post on the corner of 3rd and D, SE. After the ceremony, everyone present was invited to a luncheon reception in the Post.