NEWBURY – The town’s first Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon was held recently at the Byfield Community Arts Center.
Hosted by Director Karen F. Tyler and the Eastern Essex Department of Veterans’ Services – with Selectman Mike Doyle as the emcee – about 70 veterans were treated to a pulled pork meal donated by the Rusty Can, a BBQ spot on Fruit Street.
The meal was served with help from Boy Scout Troop 44. Newburyport Bank; community watchdog group Newbury MA Concerned Taxpayers; and other private donors also contributed.
Highlights of the day included remembrances by local historian Jean Doyle, 90, about four Newbury residents from the World War II generation.
Triton Regional High School graduate Kendall Sicard sang the national anthem and students Claudia Umanita and Sarah Harrington presented a Veterans Day proclamation from Gov. Charlie Baker.
State Sen. Bruce Tarr and state Rep. Lenny Mirra spoke to those present. Veterans were treated to a cake specially decorated in recognition of the 244th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 10.
Doyle said he was honored to be able to participate in such a special afternoon as a way to thank local veterans for their service to the country and the community.