The Yolo Community Band will begin a Veterans Day ceremony with their annual 10:15 a.m. concert on Saturday, Nov. 11, prior to the 11 a.m. Veterans Day Ceremony in front of the old Yolo County Court House on Court Street in Woodland.
The keynote apeaker will be Woodland City Council member and former mayor, Tom Stallard, a former US Navy officer, member of the American Legion and a graduate of the UC Davis Law School.
YoloArts is the fiscal sponsor of the Yolo Community Band which will play patriotic tunes. Pioneer High School music director and conductor Bobby Rogers was an Army Specialist as a musician with the 59th Army Band. Joining the band will be the Douglass Middle School Choir, directed by Luiz Coehlo.
Veterans and men and women still in military service will be recognized with an “Armed Forces Salute.” Band member and Legionnaire Bill Hollingshead will invite them to either stand or raise their hands and be honored when their branch theme is played. Those who served in the Merchant Marines will also be honored.
The Legion also commemorates the 100th Anniversary of World War I, also known as the Great War, the War to End All Wars. In 1954 Presiden Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 380 changing Armistice Day, which referred only to WWI, to Veterans Day to pay tribute to all veterans of all wars.
After the ceremony, the Yolo Post 77 American Legion and Legion Auxiliary invite everyone to a free buffet luncheon at the Legion Post Hall at 523 Bush Street in Woodland.