The annual commemoration of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I Nov. 11, 1918 was held at the Johnson-Costello Post #355, American Legion post in Penn Yan at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. 

The program included the American Legion/VFW Honor Guard led by Andy Swarthout, and the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Empty Chair ceremony.  

Officers of the Johnson-Costello Post conducted the ceremony, which concluded with the playing of Taps and gun salute by the Honor Guard.

The Johnson-Costello Post was founded in 1919 shortly after the end of the war. It was named in honor of the first two men from Yates County who gave their lives in the war.  Private 1st Class Harold H Johnson, 20, of the Town of Torrey was killed in action near Cantigny, France on May 28, 1918, the first Yates County man killed in action.

Private Charles E. Costello, 25, of 129 East Elm St., Penn Yan, became Yates County’s first war casualty when he died of meningitis in France April 9, 1918, shortly after arriving there on March 29, 1918.

Photos of both men hang in a place of honor just inside the entrance of the Johnson-Costello Post.  There were 15 Charter members of the Post:  Warner Bush, Clifford Chapman, Leman Conley, Dr. Edwin Foster, George Hopkins, James Kirkpatrick, James Moore, Lester Radder Jr.,Robert Seeley, Arthur Shutts, Clarence Smith, Howard Sprague, John Swarthout, Harold Tuthill, and Byron Whitbeck.