Massachusetts has an illustrious history of service to the nation, stretching back to the early days of the Bay Colony, from the Revolutionary War up to the present time. We are proud of our armed services and grateful to our troops.
Veterans Day is a federal and state holiday marking the anniversary of Armistice Day, which occurred on November 11, 1918, putting an end to World War I. It is a chance for residents and visitors alike to celebrate the work of our armed forces and to pay tribute to their service to the nation.
The celebrations kick off on Friday, November 6, the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services and the Women Veterans’ Network hosts its 11th annual Women Veterans Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House.
Then on Wednesday, November 11, the annual Veterans Day ceremony takes place at the Massachusetts State House starting at 10 a.m.
Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 1:00 p.m.
Starts at the corner of Boylston & Charles Streets and proceeds down Tremont Street toward City Hall Plaza.
Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Dinner
November 11, 6:00pm
Sponsored by the Town of Natick, Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick Veterans Council, and police and fire unions. All veterans, active duty service members, and their families are invited. Natick’s new community-senior center, 131 East Central Street. RSVP to email@example.com.
Zoo New England
To honor the service of all veterans, Franklin Park and Stone Zoos will offer free admission to veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world and exploring all that the Zoos have to offer. At Franklin Park Zoo, don’t miss The Hess Mobile Museum, which will be visiting on Tuesday, November 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fans and guests will be able to explore the mobile museum while viewing 50 years of Hess Toy Truck history. The mobile museum will be accompanied by outdoor activities for kids – including a photo op, Kids’ Zone and a bank of toy truck computer games.
Boston Duck Tours
In recognition of all the military personnel and first responders who have served and sacrificed for our country, Boston Duck Tours is, for the 18th year in a row, offering free rides to all war-and-peacetime military personnel during the week of Veterans Day.
NORTH OF BOSTON
Beverly: 11 a.m. — The Veterans Service will honor a veteran volunteer. The honoree will be announced at the event. It will be held at Innocenti Park on McPherson Drive. An event at the American Legion, 3 Judson St., will follow. Call 978-921-6018 for more information. contact Peter Mirandi at 978-777-0001 ext. 3025.
Boxford: 10 a.m. — The North Andover-Boxford Veterans Service will hold a parade down Main Street in North Andover. A service recognizing Vietnam veterans will follow at 11 a.m., at the VFW Post on 32 Park St. in North Andover. Call 978-688-9525 for more information.
Veterans’ Day Flag Retirement
Muster at Prichard’s Gate, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Bedford Street, 7:45 A.M.
The Flag Retirement Ceremony is traditionally held each year on Veteran’s Day and enables Concordians the opportunity to retire their American Flags in a respectful and appropriate manner. This local ceremony was established in 1965 by James Carroll, Francis McDonald, Bernard Rushe, Thomas Tombeno and Clark McClevin, who felt that the many cemetery flags, which were torn and faded from being left in place through the fall and winter months, honored neither our nation’s colors nor our departed veterans. It was decided that each year, on Veteran’s Day, the worn flags would be collected by the Public Ceremonies and Celebrations Committee and retired in an appropriate manner.
Danvers: 11 a.m. — Danvers Veterans Council will conduct Veterans Day ceremonies at the Thorpe School on Avon Road. Guest speaker will be Nicholas Petronzio, a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. For more information,
Hamilton: 8 a.m. — The American Legion Post 194 presents a recognition breakfast for veterans only at Patton Hall, 37 School St. The guest of honor, Douglas Peterson, Commander, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve, is scheduled to speak. The event will conclude with a march from Hamilton Town Hall to the cemetery. Call 978-365-3915 for more information.
Ipswich: 10:30 a.m. — The Ipswich Rotary Club will hold its annual Veterans Day parade. The parade will assemble at the War Memorial Green on South Main Street and continue down County Road to the YMCA.
Marblehead: 10 a.m. — A Veterans Day service and breakfast will be held at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St. Congressman Seth Moulton is scheduled to speak. A shuttle service from Old National Grand Bank parking lot, 91 Pleasant St., will begin at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., Moulton will hold his Veterans Town Hall event. Call 781-631-0990 for more information.
Middleton: 11 a.m. — The Augustus P. Gardner American Legion Post 227 will host a ceremony at the Flint Public Library, located on 1 S. Main St. Ted Butler will be the master of ceremonies. A coalition will follow the event. Call 978-762-0611 form more information.
Peabody: 10 a.m. — A POW MIA dedication ceremony will be held at Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St., in front of the entrance foyer on the first floor. Light refreshments will be served. A Veterans Day ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. on the front lawn of city hall. Call 978-538-5925 for more information.
Salem: 10 a.m. — St. Mary Cemetery, located on will present, “Blessing of the Flags” and “Salute to our Veterans.” A new veterans memorial will be unveiled. At 11 a.m., a ceremony will be at Salem High School auditorium. The city will present the Salem Wartime Service Medal to all eligible Salem veterans. Call 978-745-088 information.
Swampscott: 11 a.m. — A Veterans Day observance will be held at the World War I monument and flagpole located on Monument Avenue. All Veterans and interested parties are encouraged to attend. An open house will be held at the Swampscott VFW Post #1240 immediately following the observance. Call 781-596-8853 for more information.
Topsfield: 10:30 a.m. — The Memorial Day ceremonies will take place on the Veterans Memorial Green near Common Street. Call 978-887-1500 more information.
SOUTH OF BOSTON
Veterans’ Day at Battleship Cove
November 11, 9am-4:30pm
FREE ADMISSION FOR VETERANS: all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove!
CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
Vineyard Harbor Motel
Located in beautiful Vineyard Haven. Offering any available room for Veterans Day (Nov 11) FREE for any veteran (must show military ID upon check in). Additional nights are available at a lower than normal cost. The complete listing is on BetterWayToStay.com, or you can call 508.693.3334
Field of Honor display
The Nantucket American Legion will hold its Veterans Day Observances on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Plaque, corner of Federal and Broad Streets, Nantucket. In case of inclement weather, the Observances will be held at the American Legion Hall, 21 Washington Street, Nantucket at 10:30 a.m.
Worcester Art Museum
Free admission for veterans.
Old Sturbridge Village
On Veterans Day November 11, Old Sturbridge Village will pay tribute to the country’s military heritage by offering free admission to all current members of the U.S. military, veterans, and up to six members of each soldier’s or veteran’s family. A special Veterans Day program will highlight 300 years of American weapons history, including muskets and rifles from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War II, and other eras. Village historians will demonstrate loading and firing many of these historical weapons.
Lt. John Power Statue, at Worcester City Hall
Firing Detail performed by Worcester Marine Corps League Detachment #144
Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
Green Hill Park, Worcester
Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at Green Hill Park
Worcester Veterans Day Parade
69 Grove Street to City Hall
In Worcester, the Veterans Council is spearheading an effort for WWII veterans to write a letter about their war experiences, which will be placed in a time capsule at the World War II Memorial on Worcester Common. The time capsule will be opened in 100 years, on D-Day, Saturday, June 6, 2116.
Veterans Day Open House at Fort Devens Museum
November 7 from 10-4.
94 Jackson Road, Devens
Come for a day of history and memories as the Fort Devens Museum honors and celebrates our veterans and the unique history of Fort Devens. New exhibits and special presentations throughout the day. Free admission. For details, call 978-772-1286.”
Pittsfield Annual Veteran’s Day Parade
The Annual Veteran’s Day Parade will be held on November 11 and will begin at 10am on North Street at the corner of Fenn Street and end at the Veterans Memorial off South Street where a ceremony honoring all veterans will be held.
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round at Holyoke Heritage State Park
“Honoring All Veterans”
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round Family will honor and thank all veterans for their service by treating them to free rides on our 82-year old “Happiness Machine”.
November 11, Open 12 noon – 4 p.m.
Springfield Veterans Day Parade
Springfield Technical Community College
Norman Rockwell Museum
Love a Vet: A Special Veterans Day Celebration honoring the contributions of America’s veterans, featuring songwriter Mary Verdi, members of Soldier On, gallery tours, and a panel of Love a Vet artists. November 11, 1pm – 5pm.