One hundred years ago, a historic moment took place overseas.
On November 11, 1918, World War I came to an end.
Prince William County community members will be remembering this moment at the Lake Ridge Rotary Club’s first Flags For Heroes event.
“We will be having a solemn ceremony in recognition of what was formerly known as Armistice Day, which occurred in Paris, France on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918,” said Lance Frye, the club’s fundraising chair. “That’s when the guns fell silent from World War I.”
The public ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on November 11 near the flags.
Armistice Day, according to Frye, became Veterans Day after World War II.
In addition to hosting a ceremony, the Lake Ridge Rotary Club will be planting 100 flags near the McCoart Administration Building in Woodbridge, where they will stand until November 14.
Individuals and organizations can sponsor a flag.
“Each flag will have a plaque with a veteran’s information honoring that veteran,” Frye said.
The funds raised will be used to provide scholarships for children of fallen military members, will support area veterans, and will help children and the elderly through rotary club programs.
Frye is also setting up another event, Veterans Muster, which will occur at 4:30 a.m. on November 11.
The program will be held next to the planted flags.
“We, as veterans, will be raising a toast to our brothers from previous wars … At the same time they’re going to be doing a ceremony in France, we’re going to be doing a ceremony here in Lake Ridge, and all veterans are invited,” Frye said.
To learn more information, contact Frye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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