Bedford’s Virtual Veteran’s Day Ceremony will Begin at 11 am Today

In preparation for this morning’s Veteran’s Day ceremony, the Patriotic Holiday Committee has worked to prepare a video ceremony in collaboration with Bedford TV.

Col. Katrina Stephens, commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base, will present the keynote address. Other speakers will include State Rep. Ken Gordon, Select Board Chair Ed Pierce; Jon O’Connor, commander, American Legion Post 221; and Al Chisholm, senior vice commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1628.

Singer Kevin Daugherty of the staff at Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Hospital and members of Scout Troop 194 leading the Pledge of Allegiance have been recorded at Veterans Memorial Park for integration in the TV production. Also taped was the playing of “Taps” by Julia and Lorene Simoneau.

Paul Purchia, chair of Bedford’s Patriotic Holiday Committee, will serve as master of ceremonies for Wednesday’s virtual observance.

A link to Bedford’s 2020 observance will be available at 11 am on November 11 via YouTube, It will also be available to Comcast subscribers on Channel 8 at 11 am with a rebroadcast at 3 pm. Verizon technicians are working to resolve a problem with Bedford’s PEG channels.

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services has produced a virtual ceremony for Veterans Day to honor and recognize our Veterans. Bedford TV is making this program available immediately following the 11 am and 3 pm Bedford Veteran’s Day broadcasts today.

Hanscom Air Force Base’s own Christian E. Bagtas, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, Patriot Honor Guard is the 2020 officer of the day.

Similar to Memorial Day 2020, Massachusetts’ statewide ceremony mirrors the traditional Veterans Day event at the State House, including remarks from Governor Baker, musical performances, and military tributes. (More info can be found online at

Additional 2020 Veterans Day Events Include
  • Congressman Seth Moulton will host a Veterans Town Hall at 7 pm, live from Abbott Hall in Marblehead. It will be webcast on Facebook live.
  • A video panel hosted by BHS senior Ryan Doucette, Local Veterans Share Strong Messages,  will be shown to the school’s history classes on Thursday and Friday to continue a tradition of in-person presentations.


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