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November 8, 2012

City to observe Veterans Day Monday

Pasta dinner, walking tour round out weekend of activities

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.

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