Veteran’s Events Across the NoBo Region

MASSACHUSETTS – Cities and towns across the Commonwealth will mark the Veteran’s Day holiday with solemn ceremonies and patriotic parades. Join your local Veterans’ Service Officers at an event to honor members of the armed forces who have served valiantly.

For more information about Veterans’ Day events across the state, please visit the Massachusetts Dept. of Veterans Services.


Three ceremonies will be held across the town, including events at West Parish Cemetery at 10AM, Spring Grove Cemetery at 11AM, and Ballardvale Green at 12PM. At the Ballardvale Green ceremony, copies of Heroes Among Us: Book 3 will be distributed to the veterans highlighted in that book. For more information, contact VSO Michael Burke at 978-623-8218 or via email at


The City of Beverly’s annual Veterans Day Program will be held at the veterans memorials at Odell Park at 11AM. The North Beverly Elemetary School and the Briscoe Middle School both held events earlier in the week that included songs, poems, and a general assembly. For information on these programs please contact Jerry Guilebbe at


The City of Chelsea will hold a Veterans’ Day Ceremony at the Chelsea Senior Center at 10 Riley Way from 1PM to 3PM. Food and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 617-466-4250.


Please join the Everett Veterans community and Celebrating Veterans Day here at the Connolly Center Everett Armory on Chelsea Street at 10AM. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9AM, prior to the services, and a full Spaghetti dinner will follow the annual ceremony. According to Veterans Services Office Joe Hickey, the ceremony will recognize veterans from all wars with a special salute to the women veterans who along side their male counterparts have fought and died defending this great country.


A Veterans’ Day Ceremony will be held in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Lynn City Hall at 11AM. The ceremony will feature musical performances by the Lynn Public School Band and Gayle Bastarache, a drill presentation by Lynn English Marine Corps Jr ROTC, and an address from guest speaker Shawn Tarasuik of the United States Navy. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. For more information, contact the Lynn Department of Veterans’ Services at  (781) 586-6911.


The Annual Veterans’ Day Parade, sponsored by the Malden American Legion Post #69, is scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2011.  Memorial services will be conducted in front of the American Legion Post #69, 368 Pleasant Street at 9:00 a.m. with Legion officials, clergy and local elected officials including Mayor Richard C. Howard.  The parade is being dedicated to Past Commander Michael Tiberi, a Vietnam Veteran.

The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. and proceed east on Pleasant Street, left on Summer Street, right on Mountain Avenue, right on Mt. Vernon Street, right on Salem Street to Malden Square, right on Pleasant Street to the reviewing stand in front of Malden Government Center.  The parade will pause at the 11th minute of the 11th hour for a moment of reflection for all of the nation’s veterans.  Parade Marshal is Larry Clark.


The City of Melrose will hold a number of events through out the day. Coffee and refreshments will be served at the VFW Post 2394 at 14 Chipman Avenue beginning at 9AM. Ceremonies will follow at the WWII and Korean War Memorial on Main Street at 10AM, the Vietnam War Memorial at Ell Pond at 10:30AM, and a ringing of “The Knoll” at 11:11AM at the WWI Memorial on the Lynn Fells Parkway. A light lunch will follow at the VFW Post at 12PM Noon. For more information, contact VSO Ryan McLane via email at


The Methuen Veterans’ Day Parade begins at 10AM, heading north on Broadway at the American Legion Post, turning left onto Hampshire Street, left on Grove street to Walnut Grove Cemetery for a ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 122. Following the ceremony, the parade will reform, return down Grove Street, and follow a route that returns to the American Legion Post. Active duty service members, National Guard members, and/or reservists are invited to join in the parade with the veterans from the American Legion, V.F.W and D.A.V.


A Veterans’ Day Parade will be held in Newburyport, gathering at the CVS Parking Lot on Pond Street, stepping off at 10:45AM, and arriving at City Hall for a ceremony that begins at 11AM. A parade to the Veterans Cemetery via State Street will follow, arriving at 12PM Noon. A short ceremony should be completed by 12:30PM. For more information, please call the Veterans’ Office at 978-465-4418.


The Saugus Veterans Day ceremony will begin with a rededication on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial School on Hurd Avenue at 10AM. A parade will follow, departing the Veterans Memorial School at 10:30AM and march to Veterans Park, where the Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11AM. All veterans are encouraged to join the parade. A collation will follow at the Cpl. Scott J Procopio Saugus American Legion Post 210 on Taylor Street.


A dedication of the new World War II Memorial and a Walk of Remembrance on the Wakefiled Common will be held in honor of Veterans’ Day, beginning at 11AM. Wakefield native Colonel Michael E. Zarbo will offer a keynote address. The new memorial of five granite monument tablets with bronze plaques replaces the wooden memorial that had been presented to the town of Wakefield on May 28, 1944. The memorial also features a Walk of Remembrance with granite pavers inscribed with the name, rank and branch of service of a sponsored service man or woman who has served, or is currently serving, in the Armed Forces, regardless of the date of service or Wakefield residency. For information about the World War II Memorial and the Walk of Remembrance, visit the town’s official website.

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