By ELLEN LYON
Veterans organizations honored their fallen comrades in ceremonies Monday morning at the Washington County Courthouse and the Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park.
William Proctor, American Legion 1st vice commander for Maryland, addressed about 100 people in front of the courthouse at 11 a.m., noting the origin of Veterans Day 78 years ago when an armistice ending World War I was announced in the 11th month, on the 11th day and at the 11th hour. The armistice spawned impromptu parades and church bell tolling throughout the country.
Veterans' "selfless duty has seen us through our darkest hours and through years free of conflict," Proctor, of Lansdowne, Md., said. "As a free people perhaps we tend to forget that freedom has a cost."