The region will commemorate Veterans Day Wednesday, Nov. 11.


Westborough – On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, ceremonies to honor Westborough’s veterans will begin at 9 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 9013, 9A Milk St.

The bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. for Pine Grove Cemetery on South Street. Master of Ceremonies Brent French will introduce Board of Selectmen Chair George Barrette to present the wreath and Paul Sangree of the Congregational Church will give an invocation.

At 9:50 a.m., the bus departs for the Vietnam Memorial on Ruggles Street for services and wreath laying ceremony. French will introduce state reps. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) and Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) who will speak and Gold Star Mother Rita Lee who will present the wreath. Jeff Goodrich of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will offer a prayer.

At 10:10 a.m., the bus departs for Forbes Municipal Building, 45 W. Main St., for services and wreath laying ceremony. The emcee will introduce Selectman Lydia Goldblatt and dignitaries, including State Sen. James Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury). Grand marshals Ruano and Marty Lampi will be introduced and Pastor John Taylor of the First United Methodist Church will say a prayer. The Westborough High School a cappella group Harmony in Heels will sing the National Anthem.

Participants then may march or ride the bus to the Westborough rotary for services at 11 a.m. At the rotary service, the emcee will introduce Pastor Mark Worth who will lead a prayer.

Three volleys of rifle fire by the VFW Post 9013 and the playing of “Taps” by WHS buglers Eamonn Mazur and Kerry Larkin will conclude the ceremony at each monument.

A collation for participants and invited guests will follow at the VFW Post 9013.

Marlborough – Marlborough’s traditional Veterans Day parade will start at 10 a.m. in front of the American Legion on Maple Street. Participants may park at St. Mary’s Credit Union, 133 W. Main St., and are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. The parade will then proceed along Main Street. Stops will be made at memorials along the route in honor of those who served, ending at the WWI Memorial, also known as “The Doughboy Monument.” Veterans Day ceremonies are coordinated by the Marlborough Veterans Council.

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Veteran’s Council is sponsoring the annual town of Shrewsbury Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday, Nov.11, at 11 a.m. Veterans should gather at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony is held at the World War I Memorial in front of Beal School, 1 Maple Ave.

There is limited parking behind Beal School; additional parking is available at the Public Library on Main Street, the Sumner House on Church Road, or the Town Hall on Maple Avenue. Maple Avenue in front of Beal School and Haskell Road will be closed during the ceremony. In case of rain, the event will be moved into the Beal School.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony by the Friends of the Public Library inside Beal School.

Grafton – A Veteran’s Day breakfast will be held Wednesday, Nov.11, by Girl Scout Troops 30222 and 30217. Grafton Veterans and their immediate family members are invited to a complimentary breakfast at St. James Parish Hall, 89 Main St., South Grafton, immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass. Reservations must be made by Saturday, Nov. 7, at [email protected], or by leaving a message at 508-839-6196. Include family name and how many will be attending.

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