York County, Virginia
Veterans Day Events - November 11 & 12

Veterans Day Events -
November 11 & 12

Bells of Peace Program at 11 a.m., November 11

October 30, 2018
     This year, several events are scheduled in Yorktown over a two-day period to help commemorate Veterans Day: 
Sunday, November 11:
  • 10 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony, Grace Episcopal Church (111 Church St.), Yorktown.  This ceremony includes placing American Flags on veterans’ graves in the churchyard.  
  • 11 a.m. Bells of Peace Program: A World War I Remembrance.  The armistice between the Allies and Germany took effect on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. To honor American men and women who served 100 years ago in World War I, and all of those who have served, at precisely 11 a.m., bells will ring 21 times at the National Cathedral, numerous participating places of worship, and other community locations across the country.  Yorktown’s Grace Church and other local houses of worship are participating in this bell ringing program. The York County WWI & WWII Commemoration Committee is participating in this program by sponsoring a bell ringing in front of York Hall, 301 Main St., Yorktown.  This nationwide observance is sponsored by the World War One Centennial Commission, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and several other groups. 
  • 11:15 a.m. World War I Exhibit, York County Historical Museum.  The museum is housed in the basement of York Hall and will be open until 1 p.m. for citizens and visitors wishing to view its World War I artifacts and displays of York County’s history. 
  • 1 p.m. “York County’s and Poquoson’s Great War.”  Local historian Tim L. Smith will share stories of our local veterans and county residents as they lived and served during the Great War.  This presentation will be held in York Hall’s 2nd floor Board Meeting Room. 
Monday, November 12:
12:00 p.m.  “Letters and Stories from War” - Annual Veterans Day ceremony held in Historic Yorktown.  Held in the 2nd floor Board Meeting Room in York Hall, this commemoration includes the reading of excerpts from letters written by local soldiers, sailors, and airmen to their family members back home while on wartime deployment.  In addition to concentrating on some of these little known, unsung heroes who have served our country, the service will also include tolling of the bell, presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and “Taps.”  There will also be a special recognition of all veterans of our Armed Forces.  Participants in the program include the York High School NJROTC, the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Moore House Society, Children of the American Revolution, and Chapter 13 of the Disabled American Veterans.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 824 will act as the Color Guard for the ceremony.
For more information about the two-day Veterans Day commemorations, please call York County Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500.
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