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Local ceremonies to honor veterans

Local ceremonies to honor veterans

Members of Team Hanscom will take part in local Veterans Day observances honoring military service members Nov. 8 and 11. (Graphic by Veterans Administration)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Members of Team Hanscom will take part in local Veterans Day observances honoring military service members Nov. 8 and 11.

Hanscom will hold its annual Salute to Veterans event Nov. 8 at 8:30 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.

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 1 p.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 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled and the ceremony will be held at Cary Hall at 2 p.m. as planned. A decision regarding weather will be made by 12 p.m. Nov. 10. For additional information and event updates, contact the Lexington Town Celebrations Committee at 781-698-4640.

Minute Man National Historical Park
The Minute Man National Historical Park will host a free Veterans Day program at North Bridge in Concord Nov. 11. Park staff, volunteers, veterans and other attendees will gather at North Bridge to learn about America’s first soldiers, the Minutemen. Veteran volunteers will also share their thoughts on military service and the role of veterans in preserving U.S. history. For additional information and event updates, visit www.nps.gov/mima.