Local Veterans Day observances planned

Lt. Col. Kenneth A. Ferland, 66th Air Base Group deputy commander, and Jon O'Connor, commander of American Legion Post 221, salute as the national anthem plays during a Veterans Day ceremony in Bedford, Mass., Nov. 11. Several local towns surrounding Hanscom honored military service members during Veterans Day observances. (Courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Kenneth A. Ferland, 66th Air Base Group deputy commander, and Jon O'Connor, commander of American Legion Post 221, salute as the national anthem plays during a Veterans Day ceremony in Bedford, Mass., Nov. 11, 2016. Several local towns surrounding Hanscom honored military service members during Veterans Day observances. (Courtesy photo)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Hanscom personnel will participate in local Veterans Day observances honoring military service members Nov. 9 and 11.

“According to public law, Veterans Day is a ‘celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good,’” said Randy Bergeron, 66th Air Base Group historian. “How fortunate we are to be able to ‘celebrate’ the patriotism, fervent love for liberty and contributions made to our national security, which Hanscom veterans and all veterans have made.”

Hanscom will hold its annual Salute to Veterans event Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center. The event will be hosted by the 66th Air Base Group commander and will honor retired and honorably discharged veterans. All members of Team Hanscom are invited to attend the ceremony. For more information, contact Bobby Jacques at 781-225-1333.

In addition to the Hanscom ceremony, the following are a sampling of events taking place around the local area Nov. 11.

Bedford Veterans Day Ceremonies
The town of Bedford will host their annual Veterans Day ceremonies at 12 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Great Road in Bedford. The ceremonies will include remarks from local officials, a wreath-laying ceremony honoring veterans and music by the Bedford High School Marching Band. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to the Bedford High School auditorium. For additional information, contact Paul Purchia at 781-275-2464.

Concord Veterans Day Ceremony
The town of Concord will hold their annual Veterans Day flag retirement ceremony at 8 a.m. at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord. The ceremony will begin with a parade, which will assemble at the Pritchard Gate entrance on Bedford Street at 7:45 a.m. During the ceremony, the Concord Fire Department, members of the Boy Scouts and Concord veterans will retire worn American flags and military uniforms collected from Concord residents. For additional information, contact the Concord Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee by email at cpccc@concordma.gov.

Lexington Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
Lexington’s annual Veterans Day events will begin with a parade, which will step off from the Lexington Police Station promptly at 10 a.m. The parade will proceed west on Massachusetts Avenue, circle the Battle Green and disperse at Cary Hall. The formal Cary Hall ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled and the ceremony will be held at Cary Hall at 11 a.m. For additional information and event updates, contact the Lexington Town Celebrations Committee at 781-698-4640.