Milan American Legion Veterans Day Observance

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Milan American Legion will mark Veterans Day with ceremonies at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11., at their post home, 515 W 1st Ave., Milan.

Col. William Krahling, commander of the Distribution Service Center at the Rock Island Arsenal, will speak in front of the Legion building. He was deployed to Operations Desert Shield/Storm, and Iraqi Freedom, and holds a Masters Degree of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. During the ceremony, post officials will lay a wreath at the foot of a monument on the front lawn, commemorating the service of veterans of all wars, and the Legion Honor Guard will fire a salute.

Immediately following that service, the Honor Guard, post officers, and visitors will move to the parking lot for a reverent ceremony retiring torn, tattered, and frayed U.S. flags no longer suitable for public display. Worn and damaged flags are collected throughout the year in a box in front of the Legion hall.

The public is invited to both ceremonies, and to then stay for a light lunch. The lunch is free, although a free-will donation to help defray the cost of the meal would be appreciated.