Winthrop Veterans Agent Larry Holmes announced this week that the townâ€™s Veterans Day ceremonies will take place on Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. on the Town Hall lawn, with wreaths laid at the base of the townâ€™s World War II memorial and a short ceremony that will include members of the various veterans organizations, local elected officials, civic and youth organizations all taking part.
â€œWeâ€™ve invited all of the town dignitaries, State Senator Anthony Petrucelli and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, as well as the Council President, Jeff Turco and all of the councilors – to all come and say a few words on behalf of our veterans,â€ explained Holmes.
Local business owner and Vietnam veteran Richard Honan has been helping Holmes prepare the list of speakers and memorials and will act as the co-host or co-Master of ceremonies with Holmes.
Richie (Honan) has really been the driving force behind the town Veteransâ€™ ceremony for a few years now,â€ said Holmes. â€œIâ€™m grateful for his help and I think it is a nice thing for us to stop and thank the veterans who have served our country and sacrificed so much of themselves in the cause of our freedom.â€
â€œThe local Brownies Troop will sing God Bless America near the end of the service and weâ€™re going to have a cancer survivors group that will lay the honorary wreath,â€ said Holmes.
In addition, members of the townâ€™s veterans group – including AmVets and American Legion Posts will serve as honor guards for the event.
â€œFollowing the ceremony in front of Town Hall, residents will be invited back to the AmVets Postâ€™s Patriot Club on Veterans Road, for coffee and doughnuts,â€ added Holmes.
The annual Veterans Day ceremony usually takes about an hour and draws a crowd of a few hundred. In light of our countryâ€™s continued struggle in two wars in the Middle East, Holmes, Honan and others hope that more Winthrop residents will be able to take a few minutes out of their Veterans Day holiday to stop and say thank you to those who are protecting our freedom abroad.