Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Cambridge Veterans Organization, in conjunction with the city’s Department of Veterans Services, will hold its annual Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The event will be held at the World War I Veterans’ Monument, by the main gate of Cambridge Cemetery.

Veteran, police and fire department color guard units will lead the opening procession to the monument. 

Mayor Michael Sullivan will give the city’s remembrance and vice mayor Marjorie Decker will read the City Council’s Veterans Day resolution.

Cambridge Rindge & Latin School drama student Brianna Conrad will read the governor’s proclamation and music students Margaret Kelly, Hannah Kanstroom and Sarah Berger-Patten will sing the national anthem, then lead the audience in the singing of “God Bless America.”

Laurence D. Fitzmaurice, president and chief executive of the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, will deliver the keynote address.

Cambridge’s veterans director Bob Stevens will place a memorial wreath at the  monument in honor of all Cambridge veterans.

Bagpiper Edward O’Callaghan will play “Amazing Grace” followed by the Cambridge Veterans Organization’s Wring detail giving a rifle salute. Bugler Robinson Pyle will perform “Taps.”

After the observance, there will be gathering at the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Mount Auburn Post No. 8818, at 688 Huron Ave. The public is invited.

Call Cambridge Veterans Services at (617) 349-4761 or e-mail [email protected]