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This Veteran’s Day, the Harbor Hills Garden & Women’s Club is sponsoring a unique candlelight tribute. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at our Memorial Park overlooking the beautiful 16th green. Candles are provided. COVID-19 guidelines will be in effect.

Steve Stephens, a retired sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, will represent all military services when he brings our National Colors down the hill. Steve will present our American flag to salute and recite our Pledge of Allegiance. A brief program celebrating all veterans will be followed by special recognition of veterans living in our community.

The day was designed to mark the end of World War I and was originally called Armistice Day. The Armistice with Germany went into effect on the 11thhour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. “Our service members come from all walks of life,” Col. (Ret.) Giac Modica explains, “but each has the basic qualities that exemplify the character of our armed forces: courage, selflessness and dedication to duty.”

Memorial Day honors those who died defending our freedoms. But Veterans Day honors those who returned home to improve our communities. Let’s reach out every day to assure veterans that they are not forgotten. A kaleidoscope of names and military emblems are engraved on the bricks surrounding our memorial. The Garden & Women’s Club sells these bricks customized with your veteran’s name. Funds from brick sales pay for maintenance and upgrades to our park. To purchase an engraved brick, contact Shirle Mabie at shirlemabie@gmail.com.

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