Veterans Day ceremonies across the region

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Veterans Day ceremonies across the region
The parade marches down Main Street during the 2022 Veterans Day parade in Marlborough. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

Grafton

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be holding a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 1497 parking lot, 25 Main St, South Grafton. Light refreshments will be held in the building after the ceremony. All are invited to attend.

Hudson

The Tri-Chamber Veterans Appreciation Event will take place Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the American Heritage Museum, 568 Main St., Hudson. Register via the MetroWest chamber (www.metrowest.org); Marlborough Regional (www.marlboroughchamber.org); Worcester chamber (www.worcesterchamber.org). 

The community will hold observances on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at AMVETS Post 208. After breakfast, we will assemble and march through downtown Hudson to celebrate our veterans with the annual parade. The parade takes us from AMVETS at 5 South St. to Town Hall at 78 Main St.

The keynote speaker will be Command Chief Master Sgt. William Hebb. Hebb was the senior enlisted advisor for Hanscom Air Force Base and recently retired, and he now resides in Hudson with his family.

Also, Rep. Kate Hogan and Sen. Jamie Eldridge will be our guest speakers.

Marlborough

The city’s annual Veterans Day parade will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11. Units will step off at 10 a.m. from the American Legion, followed by a ceremony at the Doughboy Monument at 11 a.m.

Northborough

The senior center, 119 Bearfoot Road, will host its annual Veterans Day lunch on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lunch, which will include pot roast, cake and ice cream, will be free for veterans; $17 for all other attendees. Each veteran is invited to bring one guest. Reservations must be made by Monday, Nov. 6. Call 508-393-5035 to reserve tickets.

The Boros Cares 4 Troops will be holding its rollying parade on Sunday, Nov. 12. The parade will leave Algonquin Regional High School at 11 a.m. and make its way down Main Street. Participants are encouraged to line Main Street to honor Northborough veterans and wish Captain Donald C. Tibbetts a happy 100th birthday. Tibbetts will be riding in the parade.

Shrewsbury

The annual ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in front of the World War I Memorial, former Beal School, 1 Maple Ave. A reception for all veterans will follow at the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St.

Southborough

The veterans will be meeting around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the VFW/Legion Post at the Community House. We will then march at 10:45 to the All Wars Memorial and begin our observance at 11 a.m. Local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops are expected to join the veterans; residents are invited as well.

Andrew Dennington of the Select Board will be the guest speaker. American Legion Commander Dan Kolenda, as well as VFW Commander Steve Whynot will also speak.

Westborough

The Westborough Veterans Advisory Board invites all residents to join it on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. for a celebration of all veterans and the contributions they made and continue to make to our country.

The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Forbes Municipal Building with a schedule of activities including invocation, patriotic choral presentations and comments from invited guests, and a presentation by 2023 Grand Marshal Michael Barretti Sr.

Barretti is a longtime Westborough resident and a retired Marine Corps major.

The program will conclude with the traditional recognition of the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour significance for which Veterans Day was created.

Earlier in the day, the advisory board will place wreaths on memorials in Minuteman Park, and the cemeteries of St Luke’s, Pine Grove and Midland. Residents are welcome to observe these brief ceremonies commencing at 8:30 a.m.

The Veterans Advisory Board advocates on behalf of all veterans and families and strives to inform and educate the community on available services and benefits for all veterans. For further information, contact the Veterans Services office, Jeff Farrell, at [email protected], or by phone 508-366-3085 or cell, 774-293-2208.

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