The 63rd Annual Media Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 11:11 a.m. on 11/11
MEDIA – The 63rd annual Media Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11:11 a.m. on Friday, November 11 at State and Edgmont streets in Media.
This year, the parade will honor veteran Kenneth J. Braithwaite as Master of Ceremonies and Grand Marshal.
Braithwaite is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, naval officer, and resident of Delaware County, who served in the administration of former President Donald Trump as the 77th Secretary of the Navy from May 29, 2020 to January 20, 2021.
Prior to that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Norway from February 8, 2018.
Braithwaite is a retired one-star Rear Admiral, having served in the Iraq War.
Marching bands in the parade will include Strathhaven, Penncrest, Interboro and Garnet Valley High Schools, as well as the Paxon Hollow Middle School Marching Band.
After the parade, there will be an open house at the Delaware County Courthouse on Front Street. The first, second and third place winners of the Mary Ryan Memorial Veterans Day Essay Contest, coordinated by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, will be announced and they will read their award-winning essays.
The goal of the contest is to encourage students in grades 6-8 to learn more about veterans and how they preserve our freedom.
The talented Ashli Rice and Kevin Pierce will be the featured singers this year. Some elementary schools will also be marching, including Rose Tree, Glenwood and Indian Lane.
In the event of rain, parade ceremonies will be held at the Media Theater on State Street. Sponsors for this year’s parade include Delaware County Council, Hart Fueling Service, Berry Law, Operation First Response, Dream Team Plumbing & Heating and All Event Party Rental.
To participate in the parade, register on https://veteranslegacy.org/reso…/parade-registration-form/
Centenarian honored at Post #979 Veterans Day celebration
The Archer Epler American Legion Post 979, 6736 Marshall Road, Upper Darby, will hold its annual Veterans Day Service on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m.
Members of the post will present certificates of appreciation for those who have assisted the post throughout the year in its various programs.
The guest of honor at the ceremony will be World War II veteran Aaron Lipson of Drexel Hill. Lipson recently turned 100.
The ceremony will also include solemn and festive remembrances of veterans. The post drum and bugle corps will be on hand to provide patriotic music and refreshments will be served afterwards.
For more information, call the station at 610-352-9921.
VFW #928 Hosts Veterans Day Luncheon
The Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928, 1805 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, will be hosting a Veterans Day Celebration Luncheon at their post on Friday, Nov. 11, from noon to 2:30 p.m.
All military veterans will be honored for their sacrifice and bravery, and for the example they set for all of this nation.
All veterans are invited. For more information, call 610-461-1226.
Serving and veteran Marines invited to join flag raising on Thursday
Serving Marine Corps members and Navy veterans are invited to join Delaware County officials in raising the Marine Corps flag Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. outside the courthouse, 201 W Front St., Media.
The raising of the flag will commemorate the anniversary of the creation of the Marines on November 10, 1775. It will fly from the flagpole in the courtyard of the Government Center Complex and Courthouse for a week.
Throughout the year, the county raises flags in honor of all branches of the military and invites serving military members and veterans to join in the flag raising. The Army flag was raised in June, the Coast Guard flag was raised in August, the Air Force flag was raised in September, and the Navy flag was raised in October to commemorate the anniversaries of these branches of the military.
The PA Veterans Museum is open to visitors on Veterans Day
The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Coffee and donuts will be available.
Everyone is encouraged to stop and visit. There are no admission fees. The museum is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote the legacy of veterans through education.
The museum is particularly focused on educating today’s youth about the sacrifices made by veterans to keep America safe and free.
The museum is located in the historic Media Armory, 12 E. State St., Media, below Trader Joe’s.
Veteran-themed programming available this month
Many veteran-themed documentaries and television interview programs from American Veterans Media will air on local cable television in November to celebrate Veterans Day.
Every Friday, viewers can watch the story of Vietnam veteran James Kirlin, detailing his lifelong battle with post-traumatic stress disorder at 2 p.m. and “Remember The 27 Crusaders” at 7 p.m., “Edison 64” on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and “First episode of “Veterans Today” with host Ralph Galati on Sunday at 3 p.m.
American Veterans Media programs will be broadcast on Xfinity 66/966 and Fios TV 29/30 and Roku, Apple TV, PhillyCAM TV and live on https://phillycam.org/watch and on the American Veterans Media website: https://bit.ly/3FVmH3S
Those with Amazon Prime, or any provider that has the You Tube Channel, can watch veteran-themed programs on American Veterans Media You Tube Channel.
To support veteran-themed programming, visit https://www.americanveteransmedia.org/donate/. “Remember The 27 Crusaders” and “Edison 64” DVDs and “Edison 64” hats available as gifts for tax-deductible donations.
East Lansdowne Hosts Lunch for Veterans
East Lansdowne and Mayor Majovie Bland will host a luncheon for veterans and their spouses on Friday, November 11 at East Lansdowne Borough Hall, 155 Lexington Ave., East Lansdowne.
To RSVP for lunch, call 610-623-7131.
Bootway Dental organizes the Smiles for FREEdom event
Smiles for FREEdom is a non-profit organization designed to provide free dental services to veterans and serving military in local communities. Volunteer dental providers, including specialists, dentists, licensed dental hygienists, assistants, and administrative staff, can work together to bring happier, healthier smiles to those who have provided freedom to all.
The Smiles For FREEdom event will take place at Bootway Dental, 313 W. Boot Road, West Chester on Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free dental services on this day are by appointment only.
Since 2016, over $1.5 million in free dental services have been provided. Smiles For FREEdom was started in Reno, Nevada by Kandice Simpkins, a licensed dental hygienist with a passion for caring for veterans and their smiles. Since then, healthcare practices have expanded the program nationwide with dental practices eager to serve their local heroes.
Since 2016, more than 53 Smiles for FREEdom events have been held and care has been provided in 14 states.
With the importance of having a pain-free and confident smile, Smiles for FREEdom offers dental practices a way to give back to their local heroes. Participants in these events are veterans or local military service members.
Services provided will be by appointment only and participants will not need to queue all day.
All services provided will be free of charge. All work will be provided to the highest standards of quality and care that would be provided to patients every day.
Complimentary dental services that day will include a combination of diagnostic services, exams, cleanings, x-rays as needed, extractions, fillings and other possible dental health services based on individual needs.
For more information, to inquire about appointments, or to make a donation to help make the event a success with the necessary supplies, contact Bootway Dental at 610-906-9993 or [email protected] and mention “Smiles for Freedom”.
VFW media appeals to veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars
Media VFW Post 3460, 11 Hilltop Road, Media actively recruits veterans, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“They need us and we need them,” explained post warrant officer Joe Casey.
The Media VFW is a non-smoking establishment with a canteen, a banquet hall and a games room.
The message just received the All American Post award from VFW National in Kansas City for its participation in the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen writing contests at area schools, community service donations and a long list of other assets.
For more information on how to become a member of VFW 3460, stop by the post or visit http://www.vfw3460.
Grammy-Nominated “Soldier Songs” Screens at Area Theaters
Since its streaming premiere in 2021, Opera Philadelphia’s film about David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs” has garnered critical and audience acclaim as well as major awards. The film was nominated for the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, and this month is a finalist for both the 2022 International Opera Award for Best Digital Opera and the inaugural Digital Excellence Awards at Opera America’s opera.
The film, titled “an immersive experience that takes audiences on a terrifying dive into the mind of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder” by The Wall Street Journalwill reach an even wider audience as it screens this month at five area theaters, including the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theater and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr on Saturday. , Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
Based on interviews with veterans of five wars, “Soldier Songs” weaves opera, rock and film in a moving and innovative examination of trauma, exploitation and the difficulty of expressing the painful truths of war.
Baritone Johnathan McCullough directs and stars as the soldier in the film, which was recorded on location at the Brandywine Conservancy in Chester County, the site of a major Revolutionary War battle in 1777.
The feature is accompanied by the 2021 Philadelphia Opera short “TakTakShoo,” the fusion of opera and K-pop, marimba, electronics and dance by composer Rene Orth who creates an eclectic world of sound and movement.
The screening is the first in a three-event series highlighting films from the Philadelphia Opera House. For more information, call 215.893.5902 or visit http://operaphila.org.