As we approach the celebration of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, the Rotary Club of Salisbury is honored to offer a presentation, Thursday, November 7, on the establishment of the groups created to honor our war veterans.
Veterans Day, as we know it, was declared as a Day of Remembrance in 1919 and named Armistice Day. Veterans date back from the American Revolution to today, but it was in 1919 that those who served our country were first recognized. World War I ended in November 1918, and the American Legion was established in March 1919, paving the way for other groups created to support our veterans.
George Vickers and Stephen Gehnrich, Ph.D. will present on the history of veterans groups, their missions and what they have accomplished over the past 100 years. Their presentation will give a taste of the history of organizations like the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and hopefully inspire further research for those in attendance.
Annually, The Rotary Club of Salisbury channels nearly $90,000 back into our community through the support of agencies and causes including: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, scholarships for local high school and college students, Fruitland Fire Department, Christian Shelter, Wicomico County third grade dictionaries, RYLA, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, MAC, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Parsons Home, Polio Eradication (Global), Fruitland Community Center, HALO, Wicomico County Library, The Salvation Army, Mission of Mercy, the construction of wheel chair ramps and much more.
The Rotary Club of Salisbury meets every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive in Salisbury. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Salisbury or to obtain membership information, please contact Membership Chairman Ginnie Malone at 410-251-6188 or GMalone@cbmove.com or visit the club’s website at www.rotarysalisbury.org.