, Salem, MA

November 10, 2012

North Shore Veterans Day events

The Salem News

---- — North Shore residents will observe Veterans Day with parades, speeches, dedications and food. The following local communities will salute those who served in America’s armed forces.


Hamilton: 10 a.m. — Rededication Ceremony to honor Gen. George S. Patton’s Heroes at Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St. Patton’s first fields were named for fallen heroes, and the tradition has continued with the opening of each new field. New bronze markers have been erected in the fields, and a large descriptive panel will be unveiled near the farm stand, which tells the story of each honored veteran. All veterans encouraged to attend.

Boxford: 1 p.m. — Honoring Our Veterans: “Restrepo” Film Viewing at the Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Screening of feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Free.

Marblehead: 7 to 8:45 p.m. — “Price of Liberty” Concert at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. The Sharon Concert Band, featuring 60 musicians playing music that honors all wars, theaters of battle and veterans. Free.


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 Council on Aging from National Grand Bank parking lot from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The town and Chaplain Lyman Rollins VFW Post 2005 will honor Korean War-era veterans who served in the armed forces between June 1950 and January 1955. A commemorative award will be given to veterans or their surviving spouses/immediate family.

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.

Beverly: 11 a.m. — The American Legion Post 331 will conduct a service at the Veterans Memorial at Odell Park. Veterans will gather at 10:45 a.m., and the service will begin at promptly at 11 a.m. Also, throughout the day, Collin MacDonald and his scouts will be picking up all old flags in Beverly for a future flag retirement ceremony.

Boxford: 11 a.m. — The Boxford American Legion Post will hold a ceremony at the Melvin Green in Boxford Village Center. The ceremony will last 30 to 45 minutes.

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 part-time veterans’ service officer. A collation at Post 227 will follow the ceremony.

Peabody: 11 a.m. — Memorial ceremony will take place in front of the City Hall, 24 Lowell St., following a veterans breakfast at 8:30 a.m., in the Wiggin Auditorium, hosted by Mayor Ted Bettencourt. Inaugural breakfast honors all Peabody residents that served and includes special commemoration for veterans of WWII. There is a limit of two tickets per household; reserve tickets at 978-538-5925.

Salem: 11 a.m. — Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. During the ceremony, Salem Wartime Service Medals will be awarded to veterans from any conflict. Also, Riley Plaza will fly Marine Corps flags in honor of its birthday.

Swampscott: 11 a.m. — Observances will be held at Thompson Circle on Monument Avenue, beyond the flag pole across from Town Hall, which is at 22 Monument Ave. There will be a dedication of the Global War on Terror Monument. Following services, there will be a reception at the VFW Post at 8 Pine St. for all participants and attendees.

Topsfield: 11:30 a.m. — Ceremony will take place on the Veteran’s Memorial Green, adjacent to the town common on Common Street. Refreshments will follow.

Salem: Free Car Wash for Vets all day at Triton Car Wash, 232 Highland Ave., and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salem Car Wash, 51 Canal St. For all veterans and active-duty military servicemen and servicewomen.


Danvers: 10:58 a.m. — Ceremonies at the Danvers Senior Center, 25 Stone St., will start with a two-minute drum roll and a five-volley salute. Service includes invocation by the Rev. Kevin Smith, Maple Street Church; guest speaker Kristine Babcock, U.S. Navy veteran; wreath placement by Danvers Girl and Boy Scouts; music from DHS Chamber Singers and Danvers Girl Scouts; taps and drumroll by DHS band members; and bagpipe music by Robert Haskell. Following service, public welcome to place small American flags in the memorial wreath to honor a veteran.