Like communities across the nation, Lower Cape towns are planning their Veterans Day observances Saturday. All of the activities happen at 11 a.m., the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the armistice was signed that ended World War I 99 years ago.
In Chatham, the ceremony will take place inside the community center. Participants will include local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its auxiliary, the American Legion, the U.S. Coast Guard and its auxiliary, and Boy and Girl Scouts. The keynote speaker will be Jo Ann Sprague, a veteran, former state representative and state senator and current member of the Chatham Finance Committee.
Harwich will commemorate Veterans Day in a ceremony at Island Pond Cemetery in Harwich Center. The Rev. Jim David will give the benediction, and the guest speaker will be W. Matthew Hart. The chairman of the town's waterways committee, Hart is a retired staff sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. Selectman Julie Kavanagh will read a proclamation from the board and Monomoy Regional High School student Alex Tapia will play Taps.
The Orleans commemoration will take place at Veterans Square across from the United Methodist Church. Flags and a floral display will be provided by American Legion Post #308. Police and fire department honor guard units have been invited to present the colors. Music will be provided by Nauset Regional Middle School students. The National Anthem will be sung by Hannah Novotny, whose grandfather was a combat pilot. The opening prayer will be offered by the Rev. Sally Norris, police department chaplain. General Jimmy Dishner, Police Lt. Kevin Higgins, David Farquhar, and Thomas Bruemmer will speak on the contributions of veterans. The public will be invited to share their memories of veterans and to join in the singing of “America.” The Rev. Wesley Williams will give the benediction.