Veterans Day Events Scheduled Throughout Greater Lowell
Sun staff report
LOWELL -- 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, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.
Here’s a partial listing of events The Sun is aware of in neighboring communities.
* AYER: Ceremony will take place outside the Ayer Town Hall on Sunday at 11 a.m.; Fort Devens Museum Annual Veterans Day Open House on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 94 Jackson Road, 3rd Floor, Devens, MA. There will be guest speakers, new exhibits, refreshments, and raffles. The following events include:
11 a.m.: Happy Birthday, Marines!
In honor of the 243rd birthday of the Marines, Chelmsford resident Jim Wilson will present an illustrated talk about the history of the Marines from 1917-1937.
12:30 p.m.: Worcester in World War I
Worcester State University Adjunct Instructor Linda Hixon will discuss a recent project researching World War I soldiers from Worcester.
2 p.m.: Lawrence of Arabia
Historian Bob Begin will explore the story of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and the Arab Revolt in World War I.
Free and open to the public. For more information call (978)-722-1286 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* BILLERICA: The town will dedicate its new Agent Orange Memorial at Vietnam Veterans Park at 10:30 a.m., Sunday.
* CHELMSFORD: Sunday, at 11 a.m., the town will hold its annual Veterans Day observance at Veterans Memorial Park on North Road (next to McCarthy Middle School), rain or shine. The Chelmsford Lodge of Elks #2310 will hold a Veterans/Military Appreciation Dinner, with ceremony at 1 p.m. followed by a meal including prime rib, fish, chicken, lasagna and more; veterans and military are free; general public $10; call Sally at 603-484-3603 or email email@example.com for reservations. At 2 p.m., Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra will play at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, at 2 p.m.; tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $5 for children and students; free admission for veterans.
* DRACUT: There will be a ceremony on Sunday at 8 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 80 Broadway Road, near the monuments.
The Rotary Club will host its second annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Lenzi’s, 810 Merrimack Ave. It is the club’s tribute to those who served and those who assist Dracut veterans.
The town’s new veterans’ services officer, Jeffrey Hollett, will be attending.
* GROTON: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Groton Fire Station, 45 Farmer’s Row.
* LITTLETON: Veterans Day Ceremony at Littleton Common, Sunday, at 11 a.m.
* LOWELL: Reilly School student assembly, Friday, 1 p.m. in the gymnasium; light refreshments will be served at 2 in the cafeteria; Greater Lowell Veterans Council will hold its annual observation Sunday at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, East Merrimack Street, from 10 a.m. to noon.
* PEPPERELL: Veterans Day breakfast, 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW; sponsors are 1A Auto and Pepperell VFW Post 3291.
* SHIRLEY: Events begin at Shirley War Memorial Building, Church Street, at 11 a.m. Program to include participation by Legion officials and 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.
* TEWKSBURY: Tewksbury Memorial High School will honor veterans Friday at 1 p.m., in the gymnasium.
* TOWNSEND: The community will join in the nation-wide event of tolling church bells commemorating the historic cessation of fighting in World War I 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.
* TYNGSBORO: The town, along with the American Legion, Amvets Post 247 and Sons of the American Legion will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Tyngsboro American Legion Post 247, 90 Pawtucket Blvd. At the close of the dedication there will be a flag retirement ceremony to properly dispose of worn and tattered flags, followed by refreshments, according to a notice on the town website. Anyone interested can drop off their flag at the American Legion/Amvets Post 247 or Town Hall Veteran’s Office.
* WESTFORD: The church steeple bells of First Parish Church, St Catherine of Alexandria Church, and the United Methodist Church will ring for two minutes beginning precisely at 11 a.m. to commemorate the end of World War I. The Roudenbush bell and the PCA bell will also be rung. A Veterans Day program, planned by Westford Veterans Officer Ryan Cobleigh, will commence on the Common following the ringing of the bells. The public is invited.
* WILMINGTON: Wilmington Methodist Church is having a complimentary breakfast for all veterans on Saturday at 8 a.m. ; Wilmington Police Department is hosting a coffee and donut breakfast on Sunday from 8-10 a.m.; celebration on the Town Common at 11 a.m.