NEWBURYPORT — The City of Newburyport will observe Veterans Day on Monday and is encouraging local veterans and their families and all residents to join in the program.
Those marching will gather on Pond Street in front of CVS at 10:15 a.m. and prepare to parade to City Hall starting at 10:45 a.m. Participants will include color guards from the Newburyport Police, U.S. Coast Guard and Essex County Sheriff’s Department, Rolling Thunder MA Chapter One and Patriot Riders MA Chapter One motorcycle contingents, veterans and their families, elected officials, Newburyport High School marching band, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, families and friends.
The Veterans Day program will begin outside Newburyport City Hall at 11 a.m.
The program will include an invocation by Lt. Jeff Brunelle of the Newburyport Salvation Army, national anthem by Newburyport High marching band under the direction of Steve Cohen, recitation of the names of recently departed veterans by Mayor Donna Holaday, “Newburyport and the War of 1812” presented by Newburyport Veterans Agent Kevin Hunt, and patriotic music by the high school band.
There will be seating available in front of City Hall, but the public is advised to arrive early to guarantee a seat. If the weather is poor, the ceremony will be relocated to City Hall Auditorium.
At approximately 11:45 a.m., the parade will continue around Market Square, up State Street to Veterans Cemetery at the base of Pond Street. There, Holaday will place a memorial wreath at the monument. There will be a musical selection from the high school band followed by a benediction from Brunelle, a rifle salute by the Newburyport Police honor guard and playing of taps.
In addition, Michael’s Harborside Restaurant on the waterfront will host an invitation-only meal for Newburyport veterans and one guest on Nov. 12. The annual event is sponsored and paid for by Michael’s Harborside to honor Newburyport veterans. The meal is limited to veterans who live in Newburyport. An invitation is required. Newburyport veterans who do not receive an invitation should call the city’s veterans office at 978-465-4418.
On Sunday, the Elks Club on Low Street in Newburyport will host a free Pasta Dinner for veterans at 1 p.m. Reservations are not required; all veterans are welcome to the annual event.
Also on Sunday at 2 p.m., Bill and Liz Hallett will lead a “Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport.” The 90-minute tour will begin and end at 57 State St., in front of Arthur Page Insurance Company.
Some of the featured sites and stories will include the home of a prominent citizen and presidential hopeful who was a close friend of Jefferson Davis, the location where Frederick Douglas spoke out against slavery on his visit to the Clipper City, the story of the first recruits who left Newburyport at Lincoln’s call to put down the rebellion, the building where Capt. Albert Bartlett worked at his family’s dry goods store before becoming a casualty at the Battle of Antietam, the story of a POW and how he used the name Newburyport in a far-away place, the story of a man raised in Newburyport who became a Confederate general and more.
A suggested $5 donation is requested for the tour with proceeds benefiting Belleville Improvement Society, which cares for Newburyport’s Civil War Monument at Atkinson Common along High Street.