Swanton's Memorial Day was celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2019. The parade took place on Grand Ave from the elementary school to the north end of the Village Park where the keynote speech was given by Swanton resident Brigadier General Joel Clark. This year's celebration was highlighted by a display of 52 American flags honoring Swanton veterans as well as other veterans of all branches of the U.S. military from without northwestern Vermont. Sponsorships of the flags for individual veterans were purchased for a one time fee of $50 by friends and family members of the veterans from the Town of Swanton. The 3' x 5' high quality, American made flags were attached to a 9' high metal pole with name tags for the veterans and sponsors attached to each one. The flag display will be repeated every year. Future sponsorships will be made available to honor additional military veterans.
CLICK ON A PHOTO BELOW TO ENLARGE IT, THEN ON ITS RIGHT SIDE TO ADVANCE OR LEFT TO REVERSE. Photos (C) 2019 by David Jescavage
VETERANS DAY FLAG ORDER FORM 2019 If you have not yet ordered a flag to honor you favorite U.S. military veteran, please click on the order form below to access a printable copy. Folks who purchased veteran flag sponsorships for Memorial Day this year will have their flags included in the Veterans Day display. Photos of the sponsored veterans may be included on their name cards this time around at no extra charge. Please see the details on the order form. Thank you for caring!
Thank You American Veterans!
If you know a military veteran or someone on active duty in America's Armed Forces, thank him or her for their gallant service to our nation.
VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY March 29th of each year is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Congress passed the Vietnam War Veterans Act of 2017 to annually commemorate veterans who served during the Vietnam War for their service. President Trump quickly signed it into law. If you know someone who served in the American military during the Vietnam War, please thank him or her for their distinguished service to our noble nation.
WW I VETERAN CORPORAL LEONARD A. LORD
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SWANTON'S GETTYSBURG HISTORY
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's noted Gettysburg Address which he wrote on a train and presented on the Gettysburg Battlefield located in southcentral Pennsylvania. It is one of the most famous and endearing speeches made by an American president. To read the speech & learn more about President Lincoln, click on the photo. Shortly after Lincoln's assassination, Senator Charles Sumner, who was a very well educated man but in many ways a political opponent of President Lincoln, nevertheless stated that, "In all of literature and in all languages, the Gettysburg Address is the greatest speech that was ever written." April 15, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination. Swanton is honored to be the final resting place of two Civil War veterans in its historic Church Street Cemetery. One of those veterans was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863.