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A Date to Remember

Sydney Van Horn

100 years ago, on at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I finally came to an end, when the ceasefire with Germany went into effect. It’s recalled as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day. In the U.S. November 11th is observed as Veteran’s Day -- a time to honor military veterans of all stripes.

We talk with Ian Brown, a Marine veteran, and a volunteer member of the non-profit, Back on My Feet, an early-morning running group that provides encouragement, support and resources to people experiencing homelessness, and BoMF executive director, Jaclyn Range.

Then, we'll meet Richard Poremski, the DC correspondent for The Polish American Journal and Adam Mazurek, a storyteller of Polish legends and folktales, to learn about another significance of November 11, as the 100th anniversary of Polish independence. 

Correction: About 22,000 Polish Americans volunteered to fight for Poland in World War I, joining about twice that many volunteers of Polish descent from other countries. Of the 22,000 Polish Americans, 213 came from Baltimore.

For information about The Holy Rosary Church and Polish Independence Day events, visit this link.

For information about the Back on My Feet Gala on Nov. 15, visit this link.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'