Lest We Forget

  Photo: SCHROONLAKER COLLECTION

 

Photo: SCHROONLAKER COLLECTION

Today,  (November 11th) at the Veterans Memorial on Dock Street, Schroon area veterans will gatherfor the Annual Ceremony at 11:00 am.

The memorial consists of two stone wings on either side of the town's original war memorial.

Two years ago an additional monument was added, featuring an unknown soldier's rifle, helmet boots and dog tags.

The memorial wings were unveiled in 2008 and feature more than 800 names of Schroon Lake area veterans going back to the Revolutionary War. The stone wings match the existing memorial.

On Thursday, at 11am there will be a ceremony at the Mountainside Christian Academy to honor Veterans.

In its original proclamation on Armistice Day, Congress spelled out the purpose for the commemoration:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."