Two opportunities offered to pay tribute to veterans in Greencastle-Antrim

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

There are two opportunities to pay tribute to veterans on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Greencastle-Antrim community, at 11 a.m. in front of Greencastle’s borough hall and at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

At the 11th hour

VFW Post 6319 and American Legion Post 373 are hosting a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. in front of the Greencastle Borough Hall. This is an outdoor event.

“The ceremony is held to remember and honor the men and woman of our armed forces through the centuries, who have come together to fight for a common cause,” said VFW commander Duane Schroyer.

“They’ve defended America when our borders, our people and our way of life have been threatened. When others turned away, it was our veterans who were willing to stand up, be counted and put their boots on the ground.”

Legion commander Tony Everetts, speaker Ben Thomas Jr., and pastor Jeff Ehko of Cornerstone Bible Church, will also participate in the morning program.

All citizens of the community are invited to attend. Those attending are reminded to stand and show proper respect as the American flag passes by.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, free food and refreshments will be served at the VFW, 408 S. Washington St.

Evening tribute

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, VFW Post 6319 and American Legion Post 373 are sponsoring “An Evening Tribute to Veterans” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium.  This provides an opportunity for veterans and the public to participate in an evening event that honors veterans and does not conflict with daytime work schedules.

The evening program will feature music by the Greencastle-Antrim Middle School band and choir. The guest speaker is Bob Harris, director of Franklin County Veterans Affairs. A special tribute to MSG Benjamin F. Bitner will be presented by Ben Thomas.