Centennial Armistice Day at the Cathedral
On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “recurring anniversary of November 11, 1918 should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations,” and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day. Around that same time, the women of St. John’s Cathedral’s Sewing Circle also wanted to
memorialize those members of the parish who served our country during WWI. You can see the magnificent Celtic cross the women gave the Cathedral in the Bishop’s Garden and hear Claude Moulton tell about its history in a video on our website. Sylvia Armsby, David Slaght and Patty Donahoo have also shared stories of how WWI affected their families and these are posted on the website. Thank you to Fouad Raja for recording these stories and for the research of Beth Wilson and Nina Searcy.
On this Centennial Armistice Day, St. John’s will honor those brave WWI veterans, and ALL of our veterans and their families, both living and deceased. At exactly 11 a.m., we will be silent as we toll the Cathedral bells 21 times in honor of all of our veterans and their families and the tremendous sacrifices they made for our country.
We are especially grateful for the veterans who will join us from the Sulzbacher Center—
Robert Dove and his guest Linda, Jeffrey Chiera and his guest Laura, Jeffrey Mitchell,
Jeffrey Molengraft, Ann Jones, Barbara Goodman, Rebecca Judd, Toni Jackson,
Kathleen Scanlon, Jennifer Blum, and Theresa Johnson. Their presence and the beautiful brunch we will share after the eleven o’clock service are due to the kindness and generosity of Linda and Vince Ferrigno. Also thanks to Cody Spencer, Senior Director of Supportive Services at the Sulzbacher Center.
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