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November 11, 2013

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Join North Shore residents in honoring those who have served and are currently serving in America's armed forces. Veterans Day observances will take place in the following local communities:

  • Hamilton: 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast at American Legion Post 194, 37 School St. At 10:30 a.m., gather at Town Hall for a silent march to Hamilton Cemetery for ceremonies.
  • Marblehead: 10 a.m. — Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., observances begin at 10 a.m. Shuttle service provided by the Council on Aging from the National Grand Bank parking lot available from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. The town and the Chaplain Lyman Rollins of VFW Post 2005 will honor Vietnam-era veterans who served in the armed forces between 1964 and 1975. A commemorative award will be given to veterans or their surviving spouses/immediate family. The Marblehead High School choral group will also perform. Breakfast will follow at VFW Post 2005, 321 West Shore Drive. Public welcome.
  • Wenham: 10:15 a.m. — Assemble at Cheeseman Field in Pingree Park on Main Street (Route 1A) for a wreath-laying ceremony. Reassemble at 10:40 a.m. at Hull Street and Grapevine Road and march to the Grapevine Road overpass of Route 128 for ceremonies.
  • Ipswich: 10:30 a.m. — Gather at town War Memorial, South Main Street. Observances will commence at 10:40 a.m. at the memorial. At the conclusion of ceremonies, parade will form up and march to the VFW headquarters at the YMCA on County Road. Following ceremonies, refreshments will be served in the VFW hall.
  • Salem: 11 a.m. — Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. More than 30 veterans will be awarded the Salem Wartime Service Medal in recognition of their wartime service.
  • Peabody: 11 a.m. — Ceremony will take place in front of City Hall, 24 Lowell St., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the VFW, 20 Stevens St.
  • Beverly: 11 a.m. — The service will take place at the Veterans Memorial at Odell Park in front of the post office on Rantoul Street. Veterans will gather at 10:45 a.m., and the service will begin promptly at 11. A collation will be served following the program at the Herman A. Spear Post 331 on Judson Street. In case of rain, a short program will take place at the Herman A. Spear Post at 11 a.m.
  • Danvers: 11 a.m. — Ceremony at the Thorpe School on Avon Road. Guest speaker is retired Army Capt. Charles Gould, commander of Danvers American Legion Post No. 180 and a former Danvers resident. The program concludes with the dedication of the monument at the Danvers Veterans Memorial Fields, which are the soccer and lacrosse fields next to the school. Following the service, attendees may place small American flags in the memorial wreath to honor any veteran. All are welcome.
  • Middleton: 11 a.m. — Flint Library Veterans Memorial, 1 S. Main St., hosted by the Augustus P. Gardner American Legion Post 227. Master of ceremonies is Ted Butler, past post commander and District 8 commander and veterans’ service officer. A collation at Post 227 will follow the ceremony.
  • Topsfield: 11 a.m. — Ceremony will take place on the town common. A proclamation declaring Topsfield a Purple Heart Community will be read, and combined choirs will sing.
  • Boxford: 11 a.m. — The Boxford American Legion Post will hold a ceremony at the Melvin Green in Boxford Village Center.

Also, free car washes for all veterans and active-duty military servicemen and servicewomen will be available all day at Triton Car Wash, 232 Highland Ave., Salem, and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Salem Car Wash, 51 Canal St., Salem.

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