Southern Jackson County community Veterans Day observance Nov. 12 at Mica's
SAPPHIRE -- The southern Jackson County annual community observance of Veterans Day is set for 11 a.m. this Monday, Nov. 12 in the Memorial Garden on the grounds of Mica’s Restaurant. Mica’s is in Sapphire at 25 Logan Lane, which is off U.S. Highway 64 East.
“We will have a wreath laying and play ‘Taps,’” said observance organizer Ed Jones, commander of the Glenville-based Veterans of Foreign Wars Jimmy Dillard Post 10685. He is encouraging as many southern Jackson County folks as possible to attend the observance.
The keynote speaker will be William (Bill) Duncan, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who lives in Cashiers. During his 24 years in the U.S.A.F., Duncan served primarily in the aircraft maintenance field. He serves now as a committee chairman and trustee with Cashiers United Methodist Church.
Bugler Rick Oberle of Norton, who works at Mica’s, is expected to play “Taps,” the longtime military bugle call also known as "Butterfield's Lullaby," or by the first line of the lyric, "Day Is Done."
Prior to 1954, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and commemorated the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. While it is still officially Nov. 11, most federal employees and many others now observe Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12 when it falls on a Sunday, as it does this year.
Veterans Day is set aside as a time to honor and thank those still living who are serving or have served in the military. It is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, which is a day set aside to remember service members who lost their lives defending the country.
For information on the Sapphire Veterans Day ceremony, call 828-226-4243.
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