|The Veterans Day ceremony in Annandale.|
Veterans and civilians joined members of American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976 in commemorating Veterans Day at the cannon on Columbia Pike in central Annandale.
The Nov. 11 ceremony was led by Post Commander Roy McCracken. Post Chaplain Gretchen Trujillo offered a prayer, and Karen McDaniel, president of the post’s Auxiliary unit spoke about the importance of honoring the sacrifices of family members.
|Left to right: Auxiliary President Karen McDaniel, Post Commander Roy McCracken, and Major Thomas Shields.|
“Thank you for all you have done,” the keynote speaker, Major Thomas Shields, told the veterans. He spoke about his “sense of pride from serving something larger than oneself.” Shields completed a seven-month tour of duty in Iraq and is currently stationed at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.
Following the ceremony, the legionnaires hosted a steak dinner for a group of Wounded Warriors from Ft. Belvoir. Earlier that morning, they laid wreaths on the graves of veterans in the cemetery by the church on Columbia Pike at Gallows Road.
|Members of a Young Marines group from Manassas take part in the Annandale Veterans Day ceremony.|
|The American Legion post on Daniels Avenue in Annandale.|