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Events across Whatcom County will pay tribute to all U.S. veterans this weekend, including on Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, this year.
Ceremonies this year take on added significance with the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I.
Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, according to history.com. That marked the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
These events are free unless otherwise noted.
At 8 a.m., there will be a work detail to clean the headstones of fallen soldiers.
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Troop and Pack 4019, local Girl Scouts, foreign exchange students from local Rotary Clubs, members of local Posts 7 and 86 of The American Legion Riders Motorcycle Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be in attendance.
Bellingham City Hall
Albert J. Hamilton American Legion Post No. 7 and the City of Bellingham are sponsoring a Veterans Day ceremony.
The event begins 11 a.m. Monday at Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St. Doors open at 10 a.m.
Post 7 Commander Rick Sucee is the master of ceremonies. Chuck Whitmore, retired Episcopal priest and decorated Vietnam Army veteran, is the keynote speaker.
The event includes performances by singer Sonia Alexis the Bellingham Community Band and the Bellingham Pipe Band. There will be a flag ceremony and a closing gun salute.
Bellingham’s Veterans for Peace will stand in solemn commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, organizers said.
The event is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday across the street Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham.
The ceremony will commemorate the end of World War I and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Legion. It will include a reading of “In Flanders Fields.” Whatcom Gold Star families will be in attendance.
Peace Arch Park
The International Peace Arch Association is organizing the event, which will pay tribute to Americans and Canadians who served in World War I as well as those who died.
- 10:45 a.m. ceremony begins.
- 11 a.m. Bells for Peace Ringing, which is part of a nationwide and worldwide event.
- 11:10 am - reflection and World War I Peace Arch proclamation.