Veterans Day events this year will include a celebration of the centennial of the American Legion Auxiliary.
The formation of the women’s division followed the founding of the American Legion in the same year, 100 years ago.
Sunday will be a big day for the Auxiliary at the Legion’s Barre Unit (for women; Post for men) #10 on North Main Street.
Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be light refreshments, followed by an official ceremony to celebrate the Auxiliary’s centennial. Officiating will be Post 10 Auxiliary President Charith Zickmund and state Auxiliary President Corrinna Colson.
The ceremony will include the reading of a proclamation from Barre Mayor Lucas Herring.
At 2 p.m., Elvis impersonator Mark Shelton, of Derby, who specializes in raising money for veterans’ organizations, will give a performance. Proceeds from the event will support Colson’s Honor Flight Vermont to fly World War II, Vietnam and Korean war veterans down to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials in the nation’s capital.
“When you think of 100 years serving veterans, that is so big,” said Colson, whose father, Eric Colson, was a Vietnam veteran. “To think about 100 years of these ladies doing this is monumental.”
Anyone interested in attending Sunday’s event at the Legion’s Post 10 in Barre should call 479-9058.
The Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks clubs in central Vermont have planned a variety of other events to celebrate Veterans Day, which, on the calendar, is on Monday.
The remembrances started early.
On Friday, Norwich University observed Veterans Day with a Corps of Cadets review on the Upper Parade Ground.
Also on Friday, the Barre Elks Lodge held a dinner for veterans.
Saturday at 8 p.m. Norwich University will host a benefit concert featuring Nashville country music star Jamie Lee Thurston in Plumley Armory. Proceeds will support The Veterans’ Place in Northfield. Advanced tickets for $25 are available at https://alumni.norwich.edu/legacymarchconcert, or you can pay $30 at the door.
On Monday, the Barre Area Veterans Council will host the 20th annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade from the Barre Civic Center at 10:30 a.m. to the Youth Triumphant memorial in City Hall Park. The guest speaker will be Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier and event will be followed by a free lunch for vets at the Barre Elks Lodge. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the parade and ceremony will be held in the Barre Municipal Auditorium.
Also on Monday, in Montpelier, members of the American Legion Post 3 on Main Street and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 792 on Pioneer Street will march in a parade at 10 a.m. from Keck Circle at Main and Spring streets to the war memorial at Montpelier High School for a ceremony and wreath-laying. An open house and lunch at both posts will follow.
In the evening, at 6 p.m., the American Legion Post 3 will have an official flag salute presentation by Emile Gosslin.
In Northfield, the American Legion Post 63 will host an open house from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday.
Also on Monday, at 11:30 a.m., Congressman Peter Welch will attend a ceremony at the Veterans Administration in White River Junction.
Then on Tuesday, the Montpelier Elks Club on Country Club Road will host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and a roast pork dinner with all the trimmings at 6 p.m., which is free for veterans and $12.95 for other guests.