Northborough gathers for Veterans Day luncheon


Northborough gathers for Veterans Day luncheon
Veterans salute as the National Anthem is played at the Senior Center’s Veterans Day luncheon. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

NORTHBOROUGH – Ahead of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Northborough Senior Center honored veterans during a luncheon on Nov. 9.

As the anthem for each military branch played, veterans rose to their feet to be recognized. 

Northborough Senior Center Director Kendra Faldetta said that Veterans Day holds “profound significance in our hearts.”

“It is a day when we pause to remember and express our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who have dedicated themselves to the cause of freedom and peace,” Faldetta said. “It is a day when we stand united as a community to honor sacrifices made by those who wore the uniform both past and present.”

Veterans, she said, have played an “invaluable” role in shaping the history of the United States and a “pivotal” role in the community. 

“Our veterans have faced unimaginable challenges, witnessed the true meaning of resilience and displayed unwavering courage in the face of adversity,” Faldetta said. “We must never forget the sacrifices they have made or the dedication they have shown.” 

Central Massachusetts Regional Veterans’ District Veterans Director Jeff Farrell, who served in the Marines and National Guard, spoke during the luncheon. 

“I have a sign in my office right over there that every veteran – whether you served in combat, served in the states, served in peace time – you write a blank check to the United States of America to and including the loss of your life,” said Farrell. “You raise your right hand and it’s up to the military where you go.” 

Any veteran deserves the honor in his eyes. 

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