Veterans Day this year falls on a Monday. Public schools; city, town, state and federal offices; public libraries, post offices, and most banks will be closed. Restaurants, convenience stores, liquor stores, retail stores will be open. Trash pickup will be delayed one day. The MBTA is operating on a regular weekday schedule. Below is a list of how North Shore communities are showing their appreciation for those who served in the armed forces.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Ipswich: The 2019 Veterans Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the First Church in Ipswich, 1 Meetinghouse Green, hosted by state Rep. Brad Hill and Senate Majority Leader Bruce Tarr. RSVP to Chris Kenny, Hill's chief of staff, at Chris.Kenny@mahouse.gov or call 617-722-2100.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Hamilton: The Purple Heart Trail 10K and Fun Run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. from the Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury St. The 10K loops around the Sherman tank in Patton Park, then returns to the Patton Homestead. The 1K fun run route circles the Patton Homestead along the wood road by the Ipswich River. Sponsored by the Patton Homestead and co-sponsored by the A.P. Gardner American Legion Post 194, it is a fundraiser for the Patton Homestead, Inc. To register go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Hamilton/ThePurpleHeartTrail10kFunRun or https://pattonhomestead.org/purple-heart-trail-road-race-nov-10-2019.
Salem: The Salem Department of Veterans Services will hold a free book launch party for "Salem Serves: Sites and Stories from the Military and Patriotic Heritage of Salem, Massachusetts, 1626-WWII" from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center, 401 Bridge St. The second title in the “Salem’s Forgotten Stories” book series features 500 images from the Nelson Dionne Salem History Collection at Salem State University; an essay on Salem during wartime; descriptions of Salem military units and veterans organizations; a list of veterans squares, memorials, and monuments, and more. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call 978-744-0924.
Monday, Nov. 11
All day: Mass Audubon is again offering military veterans and their families free admission to its 60 wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Visit www.massaudubon.org for more information. The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, offers free admission to veterans with valid military ID.
Beverly: Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza at One Ellis Square, at the intersection of Cabot and Church streets. In case of rain, services move to the Beverly High School auditorium, 100 Sohier Road. 978-778-5000.
Boxford: The town will observe Veterans Day at 11 a.m. at the James L. Melvin Green in East Boxford. 978-688-9525.
Danvers: The Danvers Veterans Council will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies starting at 11 a.m., at the Thorpe School, 1 Avon Road (entrance at rear of school) to pay tribute to veterans living and deceased. Guest speaker is Danvers resident and U.S. Navy combat veteran Robert H. Roy, who served in Vietnam with NMCB 58, mobile naval construction battalion, Seabees. Danvers High School Chamber Singers will perform. 978-777-0001 ext. 3025.
Hamilton: American Legion Post 194's events begin with an annual complimentary breakfast for veterans at 8 a.m. at 37 School St., and concludes with a march from Hamilton Town Hall to the town cemetery for a service.
Marblehead: The town will commemorate Veterans Day at the Old Town Hall, 1 Market Square, at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the legion room will be open to the public until noon. There will be a free shuttle bus running from the parking lot of the Marblehead National Grand Bank, 91 Pleasant St. to the Old Town Hall from 9 to 9:45 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middleton: A Veterans Day service will be held at the Flint Library Veterans Memorials at 11 a.m. Master of ceremonies will be Gary Bent, American Legion post member and part-time veterans’ service officer for the town of Middleton. A collation will follow the ceremony at American Legion Post 227, 69 River St.
Peabody: At 6 p.m., Congressman Seth Moulton will hold his annual Veterans Day Town Hall at Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St. At 7 p.m., the Lappin Foundation, Jewish War Veterans North Shore Post 220 and Temple Ner Tamid invite the community to honor Jewish war veterans at a special free screening of the documentary "GI Jews" at Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St. Dessert and coffee will be served. Reservations are requested to Susan Feinstein at email@example.com or 978-740-4431. Walk-ins are welcome.
Salem: The city will stage a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., in the Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St.
Swampscott: A Veterans Day breakfast takes place at the Swampscott Senior Center, 200 Essex St., at 9:30 a.m. RSVP by calling 781-596-8866. A Veterans Day ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. on Monument Avenue.
Topsfield: The American Legion Post 255 will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. on the Veteran's Memorial Green in front of the Town Library, 1 S. Common St.
Wenham: The town will honor its veterans and celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Peace Treaty to end World War 1, signed on Nov. 11, 1918, with a remembrance at 10:15 a.m. at the Alan B. Cheeseman Memorial in Pingree Park, 211 Main St. A ceremony at 11 a.m. will follow at the Veterans Memorial on the corner of Main and Arbor streets. Afterward, light refreshments will be served at the Wenham Fire Depertment.