Members of Astoria's Major James A. McKenna Post 797 of the American Legion, gathered in Long Island City today to honor Veterans Day.
The group's members and supporters were among the thousands in New York and nationwide who remembered the nation's veterans today. It was on the eleventh hour of this day in 1918 that the Allied Powers signed the armistice with Germany which ended World War I.
Among those present at the Long Island City ceremony, which took place at McKenna Square, on 45th and Jackson avenues, were Joe Campbell, the commander of the Major James A. McKenna post, as well as Billy Hoffman, post adjutant, Walter Finley, first vice commander, and Walter Hovi, vice commander. Penny Walsh, president of the post's Lady's Auxiliary, showed her support for America's veterans, as did her two great-grandsons, Jordan Avalos, 8, and Justin Avalos, 4.
The ceremony included a chaplain's prayer, a salute and the playing of taps, and concluded with the playing of the national anthem.