The Rev. Bill Ichter is proud to let people know he is a World War II veteran. He displays his pride by wearing a patriotic lanyard bearing his name and the war in which he served.
Other veterans who would like a lanyard may get one at no cost as part of a presentation during a special ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 4 at the Veterans' Flag Memorial on Turner's Pond.
"We are going to give out these beautiful lanyards – an identification tag," Ichter said. "They will be presented by Col. Carl Thompson and Gen. Leonard Miller."
All veterans who would like to have a lanyard, should call First Baptist Church at 377-4434 to reserve one.
"If they will call in and give their name – they don't have to give rank or branch of military – just say what war they were in," Ichter said. "There is a limited number, so they must reserve them."
Ichter said the veterans may keep their lanyards to wear whenever they please, but especially to wear at events in their honor.
During the ceremony Monday, Sen. Robert Adley will be speaking, Dr. Earl Griffith will be offering a prayer and a girl's quartet will sing the National Anthem.
Fireworks will be held at 8:45 p.m. The public is invited to both events.