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Veterans to be honored on Monday, November 11

2013 November 9
by The Bedford Citizen
From the 2012 Veteran's Day ceremony     Image (c) Barbara Purchia, 2012 all rights reserved

From the 2012 Veteran’s Day ceremony Image (c) Barbara Purchia, 2012 all rights reserved

Submitted by Bedford’s Patriotic Holiday Committee

Ceremonies to honor all Veterans to be held at Veterans Memorial Park, Bedford (on Great Road across from Bedford Shopping Center) starting at 12 PM. In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be moved to Town Hall (Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room). Contact Paul Purchia: 781-789-8974 (cell) or 781-275-2464 (H).

Bedford’s Police and Firefighter Honor Guard will escort Patriotic Holiday Committee members and Dignitaries along the walkway, from the Patriot Statue to the Monument, while Parade March is being played by the Bedford Minutemen.

Introductions/Opening Remarks

Paul Purchia, Chair/Patriotic Holiday Committee

Opening Prayer

Chaplain/American Legion

Pledge of Allegiance

Led by Bedford Scouts

Singing of our National Anthem

Music by Bedford HS Marching Band

Speakers

  • Jerry Hartmann, Commander of American Legion Post 221
  • Alfredo Franco, Acting Commander of VFW Post 1628
  • Bill Moonan, Chair, Bedford Selectmen
  • State Representative Ken Gordon

Presentation of Memorial Wreath with Flags

Attendees are invited to remember a special veteran by placing a flag on the Veterans Memorial Wreath and sharing the name and military service of the honored veteran with everyone present.

Patriotic Sing Along: God Bless America

Music by Bedford HS Marching Band

Bedford High School Air Force R.O.T.C.

Firing volleys under the direction of Capt. Richard Carson and Chief Master Sergeant Chris Edris

Sounding of TAPS

Bedford High School Band members

Closing Prayer

James Burton/VFW Post 1628 Adjutant

After the ceremony, participants are invited back to the American Legion for lunch.

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