The following is a release from Robert Hogan, Director of Burlington's Office of Veteran Affairs:
The Burlington Office of Veterans Services is inviting everyone to join us as we remember the 70th Anniversary of the start of the United States involvement in World War 2. The ceremony will take place on Friday Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. on the Burlington Town Commons.
If the weather is bad, the ceremony may be moved to the Human Resources Building at 61 Center Street.
We are especially inviting veterans who served during the Second World War. They and their families are invited to be there with as we place a special wreath in honor of the sacrifices and success of those who served during that terrible time.
Did you know that four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hitler's formal declaration of war against the United States officially engaged him in war against a coalition that included the world's largest empire (the British Empire), the world's greatest industrial and financial power (the United States), and the world's largest army (the Soviet Union).
This is also the 10th Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. One of our guest speakers will be a former US Air Force F-16 Fighter Pilot, Shawn Lane. Shawn is a 1992 graduate of , and a graduate of the Air Force Academy. He was protecting the No-Fly Zone over Iraq on 9-11-2001 when we were attacked.
Also joining us will be the new Chief Command Master Sergeant for the Electronic Systems at Hanscom Air Force Base, ESC Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Call. CMS Call has three tours in the Middle East behind him, the most recent one ended in May of this year. He will comment on this new generation of young men and women who serve us and protect us.
There will also be a moment of re-dedication as the Marine Marker and the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall memorial Marker have been relocated to a new place on the town common up near all the local monuments honoring all who served and died from Burlington. A wreath will be placed at each new location.
This will be the first Veterans Day in which we will not break up the program. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with the Flag Raising, and the complete ceremony will follow immediately. There will be a collation after the program, at the on Winn Street.
Also joining us will be the Burlington High School Marching Band, and Honor Guards, and the American Legion Rifle Squad.
If you have any questions about the Veterans Day ceremony, please call Bob Hogan at the Office of Veterans Services at 781-270-1959.
Open the PDF file on the right for a full list of activities and events.