Father Gary DeRouchery of St. Lawrence Catholic Church will be the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Milbank Armory.
Units performing their ceremonial duties will be: The American Legion Post #9 Color Guard, Legion Auxiliary Color Guard, VFW Post #3486 Color Guard and Firing Squad, VFW Auxiliary Color Guard, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #1054, and the 740th Transportation Color Guard.
Birch Miller Post #9 Commander Charles Layher will lead the call to assembly. Curt Hallberg, Birch Miller Post #9 Chaplain, will give the invocation. The Milbank High School Band and Middle School Choir will perform several selections and Taps will be played by MHS students Rachelle Gabriel, Kala Loehrer, Courtney Lusk, and Rebekah Tuchscherer.
The timing of Veterans Day marks the end of World War I which formally ended at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Americans originally observed Armistice Day along with other countries until it evolved into our current Veterans Day officially in 1954.
Veterans Day is differentiated from Memorial Day by honoring all men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives and perished while in service.
Proper flag etiquette requires all persons present in uniform (military, police, fire, etc.) should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their hats with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.