Fredrick County 8 year old orchestrates a large Veterans Day ceremony

ABC’s News is reporting that 8 year old Austin Riddell inadvertently created one of the areas largest Veterans Day Ceremonies.

The fourth grader attended several Frederick County meetings asking officials to  make Veterans Day an official school holiday.

After being refused his request Riddell informed officials he would not be in school that day so he could hold his own ceremony at Red Bud Elementary School’s  flagpole and everyone was welcome.

The gathering grew so large that it had to be moved to Millbrook high school football field.

Close to 200 people attended the ceremony including Lt. Governor elect Winsome Sears, School Superintend David Sovine, VFW post members, American Legion members and a motorcycle club.

Young Riddell hopes to become a U.S. Senator after he becomes the fifth generation service member in his family.

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Fun Fact November 11, 2021.

It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the guns fell silent in 1918, ending the war that was expected to end all wars, World War I.  In 1938 Congress recognized the day as Armistice Day.  In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War were over, at the urging of Veteran organizations, Congress amended the commemoration, dropping the word Armistice and adding Veteran so the day would honor all who have and are serving in the United States military.  From 1971 until 1975 Veterans day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.  The thought was, because it was a Federal holiday, the long weekend would promote family travel and help boost the economy.  Many states didn’t like the change and celebrated in November anyway.   It became pretty apparent, in a few short years, that most U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, since it was a matter of historic and patriotic significance. On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed another law, Public Law 94-97, which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978.  To all the Veterans I say thank you for your service!  Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact November 11, 2021.

SNP is fee free on Thur. 11/11 offering a Healing Waters Fly Fishing Project

On Veterans Day Thursday Nov. 11 the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will be fee free according to their social media post.

The SNP with Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. which supports disabled military personnel and Veterans will also hold special presentations on that date as well.

Fly fishing casting demonstrations will be held on the lawn of the Byrd Visitor Center at mile maker 51 on the Skyline Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Tables inside the Byrd Visitor Center will have information on Fly Fishing Inc. and their effort to support our Veterans and include fly fishing information as well.

The project is free and open to the public as the park is also fee free that day as well.

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