In anticipation of Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, all schools in Darien will be\u00a0honoring the nation\u2019s and community\u2019s\u00a0veterans. It is a\u00a0day\u00a0where those whom children know as father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, aunt and uncle, brother or sister, can be recognized as people whose sacrifice and willingness to serve the country, exemplify the qualities we should instill in our children. In 1918, the cessation of fighting on the Western Front occurred at 11 a.m. Paris time, on the 11th day of the 11th month. This was in accordance with the armistice signed at 5 a.m. that morning in Compiegne, France. In 1919, ceremonies were held in the United States, England, France and Belgium to commemorate the date and time of the implementation of the armistice agreement. Since 1954, we commemorate it as Veterans Day, observed at the 11th hour, of the 11th\u00a0day\u00a0of the 11th month. This year is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. While Veterans Day is a reminder to thank those living veterans we see in our daily lives, it is also a time to remember those who have left us and the legacy of honor and devotion they have given us. Darien lost eight men in World War I. Six of them died of disease either here in the States or overseas. Edward Punzelt, Wilfred Lowndes, Murtagh C. McDonald, Martin Hall Gill, Lawrence Callahan and George Straka all died of disease, either the Spanish Flu which was rampant during the war or pneumonia. \u00a0George Straka was overseas, fought in the trenches and died in Merginac, France of pneumonia. His body was repatriated to the United States and he lies buried in Spring Grove Cemetery. 2nd Lieutenant David Charles Bispham lost his life in a training accident as he flew for the British Royal Flying Corps which he had joined before the United States entered the war. He is buried in Kensal Green, St Mary\u2019s Cemetery, in London, England. Lt Ernest Francis Sexton was killed in action as he manned his forward observation post at Premont, near Chateau Thierry, on June 4, 1918. His remains were returned to this country in 1921, and he was buried in the family plot in Waverly, Mass. All of these men and the veterans who have gone before and those who are with us today deserve our thoughts and prayers as we approach Veterans Day 2018. As in the past, when Veterans Day falls upon a Sunday, there is no formal observance by the Town of Darien on that day. However, it is hoped that the local houses of worship will take some time to allow their parishioners a moment to reflect on the legacy of our veterans and what they mean to us as a Country. In passing our time on Sunday, we should all take note and give thanks for what our veterans have done and continue to do for us, in this great country of ours. \u2014 Dave Polett, Chairman, Monuments & Ceremonies Commission St. Luke\u2019s to host musical performance Nov. 11 St. Luke\u2019s Parish in Darien will mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, ending World War I, with a performance of Gabriel Fore\u2019s \u201cRequiem\u201d on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, \u201cthe Great War\u201d came to an end. At that same moment, 100 years later, this service will also honor the memory of those who died with a reading of John McCrae\u2019s famous poem, \u201cIn Flanders Fields.\u201d Later in the day, a special concert will be held at 4 p.m. featuring what organizers say are two of the region\u2019s most distinguished and entertaining men\u2019s vocal ensembles with alumni from of their former college groups at Amherst, Brown, Hamilton, Princeton, Trinity, UNH, Williams and Yale, among others. \u201cThe Conn Artists is a highly acclaimed seven-member men\u2019s a cappella group based in Fairfield. Four of the Conn Artists grew up in Greenwich, but none is a professional musician, nor butcher, baker or candlestick-maker,\u201d a press release said. Also performing will be The Ten who have their roots in the 100-voice University Glee Club of New York City, which was founded in 1894 to preserve the tradition of male glee club singing. To mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the Ten will Sing Stephen Chapman\u2019s setting of In Flanders Fields and the two groups will jointly sing Franz Biebl\u2019s Ave Maria. Donations at the door will benefit the St Luke\u2019s Friends of Music. A reception will follow. Both events will be held in St. Luke\u2019s Parish church, 1864 Boston Post Road.