|The American Legion Post 170 Westcliffe will host its annual Veteran’s Day Banquet from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Tony’s Mountain Pizza in Silver Cliff. The public is invited to join the Legion in honoring our Veterans in Custer County.
The featured speaker will be Shilo Harris, Staff Sergeant, US Army (Ret). Harris is a wounded warrior and nationally known motivational and inspirational speaker. He is the author of the book, “Steel Will.”
Three entrée selections are offered; Prime rib, turkey or pasta. A cash bar will open at 5:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 6 p.m. The cost for dinner is $31 per person.
Tickets are available for $31 each at several locations until 4 November.
•Tim Swartz, Veterans Service Officer, 615 Rosita Ave, 783-9470
•Ted Ballard, Custer County Library, 315-6188
•Tony’s Mountain Pizza
•Carol Kennedy, 783-2462
Tickets will not be sold at the door. Seating is available for up to 100 attendees.
Dress is “Boots to Black-tie.”
World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Fighting had ceased several months earlier on November 11, 1918 when the armistice was signed between the Allied nations and Germany. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as “Armistice Day.” In May 1938, a bill was signed making November 11 a legal holiday, a day dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor all veterans of World War I. On June 1, 1954, a public law declared November 11 as a legal holiday for all government businesses.
The important purposes of Veteran’s Day are to celebrate and honor America’s veterans, their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of the Country.
As a patriotic reminder: Remove your head covering, stand and place your right hand over your heart in respect when the American Flag passes.