Westborough – The town of Westborough has announced is Veterans Day schedule for Monday, Nov. 12, starting with participants meeting for coffee and doughnuts at 9 a.m. at VFW Post 9013 on Milk Street. The timing for each stop is approximate and may be off by a few minutes.
At 9:30 a.m., the bus departs VFW Post for Pine Grove Cemetery, where Master of Ceremonies George Perry will introduce the dignitaries, Rep. Dykema and selectmen, to present the wreath. Rev. Elaine Gaetani will give an invocation and the VFW Post 9013 Honor Guard will fire three volleys of rifle fire. Buglers from the Westborough High School band will then play TAPS.
Next, the bus departs at 9:50 a.m. for the Vietnam Memorial on Ruggles Street for services and the wreath laying ceremony. Gold Star Mother Rita Lee and the Westborough selectmen will be introduced, followed by the presentation of the wreath. Father Jesse Abell will say a prayer and the VFW Post 9013 honor guard will fire three volleys of rifle fire, followed by the playing of TAPS by the buglers the Westborough High School band.
At 10:10 a.m., the bus will next head to the Forbes Municipal Building for services and the wreath laying ceremony. Westborough selectmen and Sen. Eldridge and Rep. Beaton will be introduced and may wish to say a few words. The introduction of Grand Marshals James Zographos and William Carr follows. Pastor Derek Duncan will say a prayer, and Harmony In Heels from Westborough High School will sing our National Anthem. The VFW Post 9013 will fire three volleys of rifle fire and Westborough High School band buglers will play TAPS at the World War I, World War II, Korean, and Gulf War memorials.
At 10:40 a.m., participants who wish to march to the Westborough Rotary services will do so at this time and those who wish to ride the bus may do so. All veterans are encouraged to join in.
Finally, at 11 a.m. at the rotary, the emcee will introduce Pastor Derek Duncan, who will lead everyone in prayer. This will be followed with members of the VFW Post 9013 firing three volleys of rifle fire and the playing of TAPS. All services will be concluded with a final word of thanks to the invited guests and all participants.
A collation for participants and invited guests will follow at the VFW Post 9013 on Milk Street.