Even though the Veterans Day holiday is being observed on Monday with school and local government closures, communities will hold Veterans Day ceremonies at the traditional time and date – Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the official ending of hostilities in World War I. Initially celebrated as Armistice Day, the holiday officially became Veterans Day, in honor of all veterans, in 1954.
Chatham will commemorate the holiday in the community center gymnasium. Participating in the ceremony will be members of the Chatham Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, the Chatham Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Girl and Boy Scouts. Sarah Marchio will play bagpipes and Liam Lawless will play “Taps.”
The guest speaker will be Stanley Cobane, a former Marine who served in the Korean War. Robert Franz of the public ceremonies committee will serve as master of ceremonies.
Harwich's ceremony, held at Island Pond Cemetery, will begin with a welcome and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Harwich scouts. Father Marc Tremblay will give the invocation, followed by greetings from Selectman Donald Howell. Staff Sgt. Frederick G. Miller of the United States Army will be the guest speaker. Alex Tapia will play “Taps.”
The Veterans Day ceremony in Orleans will take place at the Veterans Memorial Green across from the Methodist Church. Further details were not scheduled to be announced until Wednesday, after The Chronicle's deadline.