Then-President Woodrow Wilson first suggested a day to celebrate and honor veterans, living and dead, in 1919, a year after World War I ended. But it wasn’t until 1938 that what was then called Armistice Day became an official national holiday and it wasn’t until 1954 that it was renamed Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is commemorated throughout the area. Here are just some of the events scheduled. All event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, unless otherwise indicated.
• Marywood University’s office of military and veteran services and the Student Veteran Alliance will lead activities to honor those who are serving and who have served our country on Friday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., at the Field of Flags, in Tree Stadium, next to Marywood’s Veterans Resource Center, 2236 N. Washington Ave. in Scranton, on the University’s campus.
Marywood trumpeters will play “Echo TAPs,” surrounding the more than 7,000 flags, which represent fallen troops from the Global Wars on Terrorism in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. The event is free and open to the public. The Field of Flags will be on display through Monday, Nov. 13.
In addition, a memorial wall of remembrance will be displayed at Marywood’s Veterans Resource Center. Community members are encouraged to send letters, notes, and leave comments on the remembrance wall, which will be transported to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton.
For additional information, visit marywood.edu/veterans.
• The members of the Herbert Clark American Legion Post No. 180 and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 7251, will meet at the Throop Municipal Building at 9:30 a.m. Memorial services will begin at the veterans memorial monument at 10 a.m. Members will then proceed to the VFW post’s memorial monument for services there at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
• Michael Steiner American Legion Post No. 411, in conjunction with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5544 in Jessup, will hold Veterans Day services at 11 a.m. at Jessup Memorial Field on Hill Street. The event is free and open to the public. Following the ceremony, food and refreshments will be served at the American Legion post, 508 Church St. in Jessup.
• The annual Veterans Day program in Jermyn will be held at the World War I Park on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.
Henry Stachura, longtime resident of Jermyn, will be the guest speaker. Henry is a graduate of St. Rose High School and Pennsylvania State University. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1966. He served on board USS Enterprise from 1968 to 1972 as a nuclear reactor operator and reactor control systems technician, attaining the rank of petty officer first class. The USS Enterprise was the first nuclear air craft carrier and was stationed in the China Sea off shore of Vietnam.
Following his stint in the Navy, he taught electronics a Lackawanna County’s Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, was opened in 1973. He retired after 37 years there.
Stachura serves as Jermyn Borough representative on the Lakeland School District Board. He also served as Lakeland’s representative on the N.E.I.U Board and currently on the CTC of L.C. Board. He has been married 43 years to the former Richele Brennan and has three daughters Sarah, Stephanie and Michaelene.
After the ceremony there will be a light lunch for all in attendance.