Thermal Belt celebrates Veterans Day

Published 1:56 pm Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Thermal Belt will join communities across the country in celebrating Veterans Day tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 11.

The holiday was created to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was “dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

In 1954, Congress approved legislation making Veterans

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Day a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Numerous ceremonies and events will be held in the Thermal Belt tomorrow in honor of Veterans Day.

Columbus Veterans Park

Veteran’s Day services will be held at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park in Columbus. The ceremony will be sponsored by VFW Post 9116.

Saluda Veterans Park

Saluda will mark Veterans Day with a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Park across from the Saluda City Hall.

The program will include:

Ringing in the 11th hour

Information about the significance of Veteran’s Day

Flag raising and special flag tribute

Registration of new veterans

Veteran count

Recognition of poppy sales representative Carl Taylor

Special song by Karen J. Lawrence

Devotion and prayer by Stanley Adcock

Placing of a wreath to honor deceased veterans

Closing hymn by Bill Holbert

Tryon Harmon Field

Harmon Field will hold a dedication ceremony for its a new flagpole on Veterans Day at 1 p.m.

American Legion Post #250 and VFW Post 10349 will be on hand for the dedication and raising of the flag, rifle salute and bugle salute.

Foothills Mountain BBQ will be open for lunch before the ceremony begins and there will be some chairs for those who wish to observe. Everyone is welcome.

Paul Mullett donated the pole and installation, and Morton Polialoff organized the ceremony.

Landrum O.P. Earle

The students, faculty and staff of O. P. Earle Elementary School and the Landrum VFW Post 4873 will hold a Veterans Day program of recognition and celebration of veterans and current service personnel on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8:30 a.m. The community is invited to participate.