Name: 98th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony Date: November 11, 2019 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM CST Event Description: Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Monday November 11 at The Erath County courthouse. Program begins at 10:30am and will conclude at 11:00 am to coincide with the signing of the World War One (WWI) Armistice on the 11th hour, of the 11th Day, of the 11th month, ending the War with Germany. Erath County United Way & Interbank will serve coffee & donuts to early arrivals and seating will be provided. Tarleton State University ROTC Color Guard will present colors and Rifle salute and Taps will be presented by Post 240 bugler. Keynote speaker will be American Legion Department of Texas State Adjutant and Past Commander Dan Corbin. Dan Corbin is currently serving The American Legion Department of Texas as State Judge Advocate, an office he has held for the past eight years. Dan is a Lifetime Member of the American Legion and is Past Commander of Killeen Post 223, and Past Commander of The American Legion Department of Texas. Dan earned his American Legion membership via his service in the United States Army. He is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel (Military Intelligence) and received 2 Bronze Stars for his service-in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He is a former President of Chapter 1000, Vietnam Veterans of America. Graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting, Dan later pursued and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. Dan resides in Killeen, Texas where he is a practicing Attorney and CPA. He is a Former Mayor of Killeen where he also served as a city council member. Dan is the Founder and First President of The Texas Mayors of Military Communities. Ceremony Master of Ceremonies Richard Petronis Commander Post 240 Post the Colors Tarleton State University ROTC Color Guard Invocation Matt Hallgarth Post 240 Chaplain Pledge of Allegiance In unison Welcome and Introduction Master of Ceremonies of Guests Introduction of Guest Speaker Master of Ceremonies Guest Speaker Dan Corbin American Legion Dept of Texas Adjutant & Past Commander Laying of the wreath Guest Speaker & Martha Fredrickson, President Auxiliary Unit 240 Rifle Salute TSU ROTC Color Guard Taps Turnbow-Higgs Post 240 Honor Guard Member Retire the Colors TSU ROTC Color Guard History First known as Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson set aside the day of November 11th (the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending WWI) to recognize and thank our American soldiers for their service. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, with the German signing of the Armistice. Traditionally, Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240 has scheduled its Veterans Day ceremony to coincide with the signing of the WWI Armistice on the 11th Hour, of the 11th Day, of the 11th Month in 1918. In years when the 11th Day falls on a Sunday, the ceremony is scheduled on another day of the week to avoid conflict with area church services. Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post 240, chartered in 1920, has sponsored a Veterans Day ceremony every year since 1921.