Plenty of Chances to Salute Veterans This Weekend
Sentinel & Enterprise staff
FITCHBURG -- Concerts, salutes and solemn moments will be the norm over the next several days as communities throughout the region celebrate Veterans Day.
This year’s observances mark the 100th-anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War l. The armistice was signed in a forest in France and came on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.
Here’s a partial listing of events the Sentinel & Enterprise is aware of in neighboring communities.
* ASHBURNHAM: Hosted by American Legion’s Thomas P. Sweeney Post 142 and Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Donald A. Gates Post 5509, the public is invited to assemble at “Fairbanks” Town Hall at 10:45 a.m. Sunday for the “Massing of Colors.” The ceremony will include a gun salute, playing of “Taps,” a raising of the U.S. flag and remarks by Capt. Dennis Driscoll.
* FITCHBURG: Veterans and the public are invited to the Veterans Day ceremony that is being held at the Senior Center on Wallace Avenue from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is free.
* LEOMINSTER: Veterans and the public are invited to the Veterans Day ceremony that is being held at City Hall on Wallace Avenue from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Veterans will be presented service medals during the ceremony.
* SHIRLEY: Events begin at Shirley War Memorial Building, Church Street, at 11 a.m. Program to include participation by Legion officials, Shirley Scouts. Master of Ceremonies will be Mike Detillion, Shirley veterans services officer. Invocation and benediction by Legion Chaplain Charles Church. Remarks will be made by Shirley Selectmen Chairman Debra Flagg. Speaker will be Veterans Events Committee Chair Norman Albert (World War II Marine veteran). Music by Ayer Shirley Regional High School Band, Timothy Ketterer, director, and Middle School Chorus, Marianne Cooper, director; St. Anthony’s Church Choir. Featured: Shirley drummers Mike Bulger and Scot Bulger. Luncheon reception to follow in Legion Hall, downstairs. Presented by Shirley Veterans Events Committee with assistance from American Legion Post 183.
* TOWNSEND: The community will join in the nationwide event of tolling church bells commemorating the historic cessation of fighting on Sunday at 11 a.m.; all the town’s churches have been invited to participate; at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Memorial Hall, a concert presented by the Townsend Historical Society, conducted by The Bob Page Jazz Trio of NYC, will be performed showcasing the music of the time.
* WESTMINSTER: Veterans and Scouts meet at the VFW Veterans Monument just prior to 11 a.m. to hold a period of reflection and thanks to all veterans who have served and are still serving.