American Legion Hosts Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Cville

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Monday was all about honoring the soldiers and service members who fought for our freedom. An annual Veterans Day ceremony took place on the downtown mall in Charlottesville to commemorate their service and their sacrifice.

The American Legion Post 74 started their annual Veterans Day ceremony with the national anthem played by the Charlottesville High School band. Flags and wreathes lined the stage as members of the post read names of those from central Virginia that have served our country.

Veterans and their families filled rows of seats at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion for the patriotic program. Organizers say it's a special opportunity each year to honor service members of the past and present. 

“It's not only a holiday or something like that or a chance to do all the meals and freebies that are out there, but it's a time to remember everybody who served - not only those who are serving today but also those who served a long time ago,” said Ronald Fischer, vice commander of American Legion Post 74.

UVA ROTC Commander Steven Hiss, who has served in the Air Force for 27 years, delivered the Veterans Day address.

"We cherish many things in this country. It takes a lot to maintain out freedom and it's nice to be able to recognize those folks who some by the draft and some voluntarily agreed to serve their nation and defend what we hold dear," said Hiss.

Hiss says Veterans Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and say a prayer to those currently on the front.

Representatives for Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Robert Hurt also read commemorative letters to thank the veterans at the ceremony.

The ceremony started at 11 a.m. on November 11 to mark the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day.

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