The nation will commemorate Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the truce that ended World War I this weekend. Queens will host a few related activities, which are mentioned below.

The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will join forces with Voices From War to present a special literary event on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.

Founded by novelist Kara Krauze in 2013, Voices From War is an NYC-based nonprofit that offers writing workshops to veterans and their families. On Saturday, Omar Columbus, Rafael Diaz, Emmanuel Duvivier, Ellen Emerson, Leo Farley, and Ted Hayes will read original works by Voices From War participants on a variety of topics related to armed conflict.

Admission is free. The Latimer House is at 34-41 137th St. in Flushing,

Later on at 7 p.m., Schola Sine Nomine (below), an adult chamber choir based in St. Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church in Ozone Park, will offer a live concert in Celebration Hall at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

In honor of Armistice Day — when Germany and the Allies of World War I signed a peace treaty in France on Nov. 11, 1918 — the group will probably sing a capella and accompanied works by classic composers. Plus, Carl Ballenas, a historian who has written a book on the graveyard, will display a photography and memorabilia exhibit.

Admission is free for those who RSVP, but walk-in attendees must pay $5.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, James Haas will discuss, sell, and sign his book, “To Honor Fallen Heroes: How a Small, German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War,” at the Queens Historical Society at 2:30 p.m.

The paperback reports on World War I through College Point, whose population was largely German and German-American at the time. The northern Queens neighborhood also had many factories that produced materials — everything from gun barrels to submarine chasers — that went to the war effort.

More than 650 native sons enlisted in the Armed Forces. Twenty-eight died. Some of their stories are told via vignettes in the book.

Though he currently lives in Maryland, Haas was born and raised in College Point. He has also written three other books on his hometown, “This Gunner at His Piece: College Point, New York & The Civil War, With Biographies of the Men Who Served,” “Conrad Poppenhusen: The Life of a German-American Industrial Pioneer,” and “St. Fidelis Parish in College Point, NY: The First Seventy-Five Years – 1856-1931.”

Admission is $5, but students and seniors can attend for $3. The Queens Historical Society is located at the Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave. in Flushing.

Not far away at 149-19 38th St., the Voelker Orth Museum will host a Veterans Day Concert at 2 p.m. Flautist and composer Stephen Josephs and his ensemble will play everything from pop to jazz to classics in honor of the men and women of the military.

There is no charge for veterans, but general admission is $12 ($10 for students).

Top image: World War I; bottom image: Schola Sine Nomine


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