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November 8, 2018

Veterans Day ceremony Sunday on Hospital Hill

File photo/Lawrence Emerson
The Fauquier Veterans Memorial lists the names of 162 who have lost their lives in military service.
The community’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, on Hospital Hill in Warrenton.

The ceremony at the Fauquier Veterans Memorial will feature two keynote speakers:

• Cat Schwetke, Fauquier’s chapter regent of the Daughters of American Revolution.

• John Heckman, historian and owner of The Tattooed Historian, an online media organization.

Joanne Smoot, commander of Remington American Legion Post 247, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

“At 11:11 a.m. bells from the courthouse and several churches will ring for one minute in honor of the fact that the 11th of November is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I,” Ms. Smoot said.

Fauquier Boy Scouts from various troops will read the names of the 43 known county residents that died serving in World War I, according to Ms. Smoot.

Fauquier High School’s band and Liberty High School’s JROTC will participate.

Wreathes will be placed before the wall of granite panels, listing the names of 162 men from Fauquier who have lost their lives in military service from World War I forward.

American Legion Posts 72, 247 and 360 and VFW Posts 7728 and 9835 constitute the Fauquier Veterans Council, which sponsors the ceremony.

After the program, Warrenton’s American Legion Post 72 will host a free luncheon for veterans at 12:30 p.m. Other citizens, $8 per person.

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Rover 530 · November 11, 2018 at 9:14 pm
God bless our local veterans' organizations and local officials for honoring our veterans and our war dead. This is a big difference for the disgraceful and dishonorable actions of our president who refused to go to the Belleau Wood ceremony on the Marine Corps birthday. The U.S. Marines had a major impact on winning the war in France in 1918. The U.S. president stayed in his room watching TV while all the rest of the world leaders made the trip in the rain. His chief of staff made the trip. A U.S. general made the trip. Was the draft-dodging president afraid his hair might be messed up? How embarrassing. How self-centered. How un-presidential. How UN-AMERICAN! Semper Fidelis! (Always Faithful!). No faith from the so-called commander-in-chief. Why does he hate our military legacy so much? It would have been better to send a young Marine Corps Private, a rifleman, to represent our country.
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