This is a listing of Veterans' Day 2011 activities and events in cities and towns across Massachusetts, arranged in alphabetical order by city/town. These events were submitted by local Veterans' Service Officers (VSOs) and any questions about the event should be directed to the VSO. If your city/town is not listed below, contact City/Town Hall and ask to speak to the VSO for information.

Acton

The Town of Acton will be unveiling new veteran memorial on Friday, November 11 at 10AM in Acton Center, in front of Town Hall. Acton does a history of the American Flag from its origin and will have each one of those flags on display. For more information contact Richard F. Krug at 978-318-3038.

Andover

Veterans’ Day events on Friday, November 11. There will be three ceremonies followed by a 1:00 PM luncheon at the Masonic Temple (7 High Street, Andover. The ceremonies will be at West Parish Cemetery at 10 AM, Spring Grove Cemetery at 11:00 AM and Ballardvale Green at 12:00 PM.  At Ballardvale Green we will present the “Heroes Among Us Book”- Book 3 to the veterans highlighted in that book. Please join us. For more information contact Michael Burke, VSO (978) 623-8218 or mburke@andoverma.gov.

Barnstable

Barnstable Soldiers Veterans’ Day Parade. Friday,  November 11, 9:30 AM Form up next to Town Hall Building (230 South Street) extending back to Village Green. 10:00 AM Step Off. There will be a ceremony at the Village Green once the parade reaches it. For more information contact Ed Merigan at (508) 778-8740.

Belchertown

The Belchertown Veterans’ Agent announces the 2011 Veterans’ Day ceremonies will take place on Friday, November 11.  The Town Common ceremony will be at 9:30 AM departing from the Town Hall and proceeding to the Town Common to honor the veterans who are memorialized there. At 11:00 AM there will be a ceremony in Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium at Belchertown High School to honor all veterans.  All citizens of Belchertown and the surrounding communities, especially anyone who has served in the military or the merchant marines, are invited to attend to pay tribute to our veterans.  The Jabish Brook and Chestnut Hill Community School Band and Chorus will perform.  Guest speaker will be retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel David Vacchi.  Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For more information contact the VSO, Ray Janke at 413-323-0409.

Beverly

The City of Beverly will have 3 programs scheduled for Veterans Day. The North Beverly Elementary School will have an assembly and perform songs and poems on Thursday November 10th at 8:30 AM. The Briscoe Middle School will have a program also on Wednesday November 9th at 9:00 AM. The annual Veterans Day Program will take place at Veterans Memorials at Odell Park on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 AM. For information on these programs please contact Jerry Guilebbe at jguilebbe@beverlyma.gov.

Also on the evening of November 11th, Bill Hanney and the North Shore Music Theatre will offer 1/2 price tickets to there performance of “legally Blonde" at 8:00pm. A reception will take place for all veterans and there family at 6:00 pm with light snacks before the show.  The discount tickets for veterans are open to all veterans and those who have a Military ID.  For tickets and information they can go to www.nsmt.org.

Brockton

The Parade will leave the Veterans of all Wars Monument on Legion Park Way at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 11.  The route is down Warren Ave, right on West Elm Street, left on Arlington Street, left on Belmont Street, left on Main Street, right on Crescent Street, and a left on V.F.W. Parkway (the old East Elm St.). There will be a short ceremony following the parade at City Hall Plaza. Any questions please call Veterans’ Services (508) 580-7850.

Brookline 

The Brookline Veterans' Day ceremony will be held on Friday, November 11, beginning at 11:00 AM at the World War Monument in front of Town Hall. A collation at the American Legion/VFW Veterans Post immediately follows the Veterans' Day ceremony — all participants are invited.

Cambridge

The Cambridge Veterans' Organization (CVO), in conjunction with the City's Department of Veterans' Services will hold their annual Veterans’ Day Observance at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 11, 2011. The observance will be held at the Veterans’ World War I Monument located adjacent to the main gate of the Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge. For further information, please call Cambridge Veterans’ Services at (617) 349-4761 or email at: veterans@cambridgema.gov.

Chelmsford

The Town of Chelmsford Veterans Day Observance is on Friday 11/11/11 at 11:00AM at Veterans Memorial Park, North Road (beside McCarthy Middle School). All are welcome. Rain or Shine. The program lasts about 30 - 45 minutes with speakers, Honor Guard, music, laying of wreath & coffee & donuts at the conclusion. For more information contact Regina Jackson, VSO rjackson@TownofChelmsford.us.

Chelsea

Friday, November 11, 1:00-3:00 PM. The City of Chelsea Veterans’ Day Ceremony will take place at the Chelsea Senior Center (10 Riley Way). Food and refreshment will be served. For more information or to volunteer please call: 617-466-4250.

Chicopee

Join us for the Chicopee Veterans’ Day Services on Friday, November 11, 2011.  8:30 AM  Doverbrook Memorial Service (Doverbrook Road, Chicopee).  10:00 AM Memorial Service/Celebrated MASS – Saint Anthony of Padua (56 St. Anthony Street). 11:00 AM Chicopee Veterans’ Plaza wreath-laying ceremony on Front Street (Old Chicopee High School).

Chicopee Veterans’ Forum, Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM at Charles Kennedy Post 275 (41 Robbins Road, Chicopee). Over 40 vendors will be represented to provide valuable information to the veterans, spouses, and widows of their benefits and entitlements. We ask that you supply a copy of your DD214 or military ID.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Chicopee Veterans’ Services, Kimberly Babin @ 594-3470.

Concord

Concord has a touching ceremony at 8 AM each November 11th at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It begins with a Flag Retirement.  We march in the cemetery, raise and lower the flag, continue marching in to a point where the Fire Dept. is already there. Scouts, citizens, and officials present folded flags to the fire fighters who burn the flags in three barrels.  Present is a clergy person (benediction), Concord Battery- firing canon, bag piper, brief history of flag retirement and final salute from the battery. For more information contact Richard F. Krug at 978-318-3038.

Groton

There will be a special ceremony at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School on Wednesday 9 November in the morning, but this attendance is limited due to space and parking constraints. On Friday 11 November a sign honoring USMC Sgt. William Woitowicz, KIA in Afghanistan this past June, will be dedicated at 9 AM on the south side of Route 225 at the Groton/Westford town line.  Any questions regarding either event should be directed to Bob Johnson, VSO at 978-448-1175 or veteran@townofgroton.org.

Holyoke

Veterans' Day ceremonies for Holyoke will commence at 9:0 AM on November 11th, at the War Memorial Building (310 Appleton Street) sponsored by the United Veterans group. Coffee and donuts will be served. The formal ceremony will begin around 9:30-9:45. Awards will be presented for Veteran of the Year, Public Safety Award, and Citizen of the Year. All citizens are invited to attend. For questions please contact malekd@ci.holyoke.ma.us.

Hudson

The Hudson Veteran Community Parade will be held on Friday, November 11. 

  • 0930: Muster at AMVETS (5 South Street) 
  • 1000: Step off (Route ~ South > Broad> Main> Central>Wood Square/Liberty Park)
  • 1045: Ceremonies & Guest Speakers
  • 1130: Fall-Out – Collation at VFW

For more information contact Brian Stearns, VSO at bstearns@townofhudson.org

Ludlow

Friday, November 11, 8:30 AM The Town of Ludlow Veterans’ Day Ceremony will be held at the Exit 7 Theater (37 Chestnut Street). Doors open at 8:30 AM and coffee and donuts will be served, courtesy of the V.F.W. Ceremony to begin at 9:00. For more information contact Donald J. Coutoure, VSO, 413-583-5600, Ext 1291.

Martha’s Vineyard

Veterans Day information for Martha's Vineyard is as follows:

  • 7:30 AM we put up over 400 flags in honor and memory of veterans at Oak Grove Cemetery Vineyard Haven.
  • 10:45 AM the Parade steps off from Our Market in Oak Bluffs (which has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Day Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2011). We are the only city or town in Massachusetts to have this designation.
  • 1:30 PM we will have our Veterans Day ceremony for the residents of Windemere Nursing Home
  • 3:00 PM we will take down the flags on the Avenue of Flags (Oak Grove Cemetery)
  • 5:30 PM we will have a ceremony at M.V. Hebrew Center.

For more information contact Jo Ann Murphy, VSO at mvyvetservices@yahoo.com.

Mattapoisett

Florence Eastman Post 280-American Legion and the Dept. of Veterans Services for Mattapoisett/Rochester will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11th at 11 AM at the Old Hammondtown School on Shaw Street.

The principal speaker will be CDR R. Scott Harrell, USN, of the Newport Naval War College. Members of the Old Hammondtown Band and Chorus will perform. For more information contact Paula Butterfield at Veterans@Mattapoisett.net.

Medford

Thursday, November 10. Tenth year running WWII, KOREA, GULF, VIETNAM, OIF/OEF veterans will share their experiences in various classes at Medford High School throughout the school day. This is a highly successfully program. For more information contact VSO Earnest L. Lindsay at (781) 393-2504.

Melrose

The City of Melrose Veterans’ Day events for Friday, November 11 include:

  • 0900 hours Coffee, VFW Post 2394, 14 Chipman Avenue
  • 1000 hours WWII and Korean War Memorial, Main Street
  • 1030 hours Vietnam Memorial, Ell Pond
  • 1111 hours “The Knoll,” WWI Memorial, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway
  • 1200 hours Light Lunch, VFW Post 2394, 14 Chipman Avenue

For more information, contact Ryan McLane, VSO rmclane@cityofmelrose.org.

Methuen

Friday, November 11, 09:30 AM Parade form-up at American Legion Post 200 Broadway, Methuen (all veterans and active duty service member, National Guard members or Reservists are invited to join in the parade with the American Legion, V.F.W. and D.A.V. members.

10:00 AM  Parade steps off north on Broadway, left onto Hampshire Street, left onto Lowell Street (past Central Fire Station), left on Grove street to Walnut Grove Cemetery for services by American Legion Post 122. After ceremonies parade will reform and return down Grove Street, left on Lowell Street, right on Barker Street (past Senior Citizens Center), right on Pelham Street, left on Lowell Street (past Central Fire Station), right on Hampshire Street, right on Broadway and return to American Legion Post.

11:45 AM Form carpools and proceed to Elmwood Cemetery Veterans Lot, North Lowell Street, Methuen

12:00 noon Services by Arnold F. Greenwood Post 8349, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at Veterans Lot of Elmwood Cemetery.

12:30 PM Return to V.F.W. Post (26 River Street, Methuen)

01:00 PM Fundraising raffle for Eugene Voiland Flag program at VFW Post

Newburyport

Veterans’ Day Parade, Friday, November 11. 10:15 AM CVS Parking lot on Pond Street. 10:45 AM -Step off for City Hall. 11:00 AM at City Hall for ceremony. Then, parade to Veterans Cemetery via State Street. Noon(approx.) arrival at cemetery. Short ceremony with anticipated completion 12:30-1:00 PM. Inquiries at the Veterans' Office 978-465-4418.

Northbridge

In Northbridge, the long awaited Vietnam Memorial will be dedicated. Fundraising has been going on for two years and a beautiful black granite memorial will be presented at 11:00 AM on 11/11/11 at Memorial Square, Whitinsville. For more information contact Ken Tranjowski, VSO at 508-234-9808.

Norwood

November 11, 2011

  • Memorial Mass at St. Catherine's Church honoring all veterans at 8:00 A.M.
  • Parade: Balch School to Town Common. It is recommended that all bands and units arrive at the Balch School parking lot at 9:30 A.M. and line up will be at 9:45 A.M. The Parade will step off at 10:00 AM. Route of march will be Balch School, Washington Street to Town Common.
  • Parade will be followed by a ceremony and observances on the town common at approximately 11 A.M.
  • There will be a re-dedication of the Memorial Corner at Central and Nahatan Streets immediately following the ceremonies on the common. The memorial is named for Harold F. Stewart, US Navy, WW II.

Oxford

The Town of Oxford is having a Veterans Day “brunch” on Saturday, Nov. 5, sponsored by COA, here at the Senior Center, 325 Main St. from 10:30 to noon. All veterans are invited. I have attended all in  past years, and the COA is sometimes overwhelmed by response. It is a catered affair, and we have the Jr. ROTC serving vet’s, and from past years, they do an outstanding job. For more information contact Dan O’Halloran, VSO at dgohalloran@town.oxford.ma.us.

Rochester

Florence Eastman Post 280-American Legion and the Dept. of Veterans Services for Mattapoisett/Rochester will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11th at 11 AM at the Old Hammondtown School on Shaw Street.

The principal speaker will be CDR R. Scott Harrell, USN, of the Newport Naval War College. Members of the Old Hammondtown Band and Chorus will perform. For more information contact Paula Butterfield at Veterans@Mattapoisett.net.

Rockland

The Town of Rockland will be host to the tri-town parade on November 11. This includes Whitman and Abington. We step off at 9:00 AM and march down Union Street. There will be 6 units in the parade. For more information contact Anton Materna at vets@rockland-ma.gov.

Tyngsboro

The Town of Tyngsboro with the American Legion and Amvets Post 247 will hold the Veterans’ Day ceremony at the Tyngsboro American Legion Post #247, Pawtucket Blvd., Friday, November 11, 2011, 11:00 AM. At the close of the dedication, there will be a flag burning ceremony to properly dispose of worn and tattered flags. You can drop off your flag at the American Legion/Amvets Post #247 or Town Hall Veteran’s office. For more information contact Christopher Dery, VSO at veteransagent@tyngsboroughma.gov.

Weymouth

Friday, November 11, 9:15 AM Korean War Memorial Ceremony (Jackson Square)

10:00 AM Parade from Jackson Square via Broad Street to Middle Street to Town Hall

11:00 AM Veterans Day Services in the Ralph Talbot Amphitheater (Next to Town Hall). In case of inclement weather, a brief ceremony will be held at 11:00 AM at the Abigail Adams School auditorium (89 Middle St., Weymouth). Cancellation announcements will be made on WBZ Radio AM 1030. The Weymouth Veterans Council extends its appreciation to all those who are making an effort to make this a special day for our veterans. For more information contact Frank Burke, 781-340-2405 or fburke@weymouth.ma.us.

Westfield

  • Sunday, November 6, 11:00 AM Apremont Ceremony (104th Infantry Monument on Southampton Road) 
  • Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 AM Stanley Park Ceremony (Held at the Veterans Memorial NE Corner of the Park off Western Ave)
  • Thursday, November 10, 10:00 AM Powder Mill School Ceremony        
  • Friday, November 11, 08:00 AM Boys & Girls Club Complimentary Breakfast for Veterans (Held at Westfield Boys & Girls Club)  
  • Friday, November 11, 10:00 AM, step off at 10:30 AM Veterans’ Day Parade – Assembles behind main branch of Westfield Bank on Elm Street. Parade terminates at Parker Memorial Park where the Veterans Day Ceremonies commence at 11:00 AM.

For more information about Westfield events, contact VSO Bobby Callahan at 413-572-6247.

West Springfield

West Springfield will have its 10th Annual Veterans' Breakfast on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The breakfast will be held in the St. Thomas School gymnasium off of Rt. 20W in West Springfield. We will be  honoring 28 Veterans—3 World War II, 2 Korean War, 15 Vietnam War, 1 Grenada , 1 Persian Gulf, 4 Iraq, ,and 1 Afghanistan as well as a Veteran of the Year. Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services, Coleman Nee, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 12 and under. On Wednesday, November 9, we will visiting our West Springfield Veterans who reside at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke and in the afternoon we will be doing a Veterans' ceremony at the Wingate Nursing Home in West Springfield. On Friday, November 11, West Springfield will hold its parade at 11:00 AM. For more information contact James Berelli at provet70@yahoo.com.

Worcester

Thursday, November 10, at 9:50 AM there will be a veterans’ day program at Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School (140 Apricot St., Worcester). Friday, November 11, Parade - 11:00 AM Begins at Glennie Street (behind Percy’s) and proceeds down Grove Street to the Massachusetts National Guard Military Museum (44 Salisbury Street, Worcester) Program - 12:00 PM with Guest Speaker George E. Vogel – LCDR, USNR, President, Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County. Sponsored by Worcester Veterans’ Council, Office of the City Manager, and City of Worcester Veterans’ Service Department. Any questions please call Karen Greenwood (508) 799-1041 greenwoodk@worcesterma.gov

Prior to the parade (8:30 – 11:00 AM) there will be a Pancake Breakfast at Veterans Inc. (69 Grove Street, Worcester) For more info call Amanda Riik 508-791-1213 ext 123 Amandariik@veteransinc.org