To the Editor:
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I – major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
This year, George Edwin Kirk Post 25 here in Bar Harbor decided to hold an open house all day. All veterans and their families and friends were invited to stop by and visit – a chance to talk to veterans and relax, and check out what we have been doing at the post. We have many displays up now and are working to re-energize the post. We had some great food and even more visitors than I had expected. We also had a ceremony by the flag at 11:11. I consider the event a success and hope we can do it again.
I wish to offer my personal appreciation to those of you who chose to drop by and see us. Special thanks to the members of the post who came by. I consider that also to be a gesture of support for me, and I deeply appreciate it.
I also have to say thank you to Ann Durost, president of the Post 25 Auxiliary, and her members for organizing the event and providing the refreshments – and to Paul Durost for that wonderful beef stew. And special thanks also to Rep. Brian Hubbell, who took the time out of his busy schedule to drop by to say thank you to the post members and all of the veterans assembled.
Post 25 Commander