Towns To Hold Veterans Day Ceremonies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Topics: Holidays

Last year's Veterans Day ceremony in Chatham. FILE PHOTO

Chatham, Harwich and Orleans will each hold ceremonies marking Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m.

The Chatham ceremony will take place in the community center. In the past the ceremony has been held at the downtown rotary, but after last year's event was held in the community center due to weather, many people said they enjoyed the indoors setting better, said organizer Robert Franz.

“Being warm, dry, comfortable, having a place to sit and being able to hear are all good things,” he said.

Participants include members of the Chatham VFW and American Legion, the Ladies and Mens VFW Auxiliary, the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, boy and girl scouts. Jacqualine Pollack will sing the National Anthem, Emily VanRyswood will play Taps and Sarah Marchio will perform “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipe.

As they do each year, Harwich residents will gather on Veterans Day at 11 a.m. at Island Pond Cemetery to recognize servicemen and women. Local Scout troops will lead the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance, after which the Rev. Jim David will give the invocation. Selectman Jannell Brown will read a proclamation from the board. The keynote speaker will be Sgt. Jeremy Armstrong of the U.S. Army National Guard. After the benediction, Alex Tapia will play Taps.

In Orleans, the Veterans Day ceremony will take place at in the triangle at the corner of Main Street and Route 28 at 11 a.m.