Marblehead Veterans Day Celebration
Here is a look at Marblehead's Veterans Day celebration.
This year's Veterans Day service, scheduled to be held at Abbot Hall tomorrow morning, will feature a special salute to some 50 members of the "Greatest Generation," who will be honored with a commemorative gift.
Services are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Abbot Hall Auditorium and will feature an address from local firefighter Matt Pina, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Army National Guard.
For the last two months, local veterans agent David Rodgers has been working to get contact information for all of Marblehead's surviving World War II veterans or their spouses.
"I've been in touch with about 50 of them, but they may not all be there for the ceremony," Rodgers said.
The doors to Abbot Hall should open at 9 a.m. and Board of Selectmen Chair Jackie Belf-Becker will be handing out the awards.
Special seating will be reserved for honorees at the service, Rodgers said, and the National Grand Bank of Marblehead and the local Council on Aging have arranged to have a shuttle service from the bank's parking lot to Abbot Hall.
"It should be a very special day that will be made just a little more special for them," Rodgers said.
The event will also feature the singing of traditional American songs by members of the Marblehead High School chorus.
There will also be a breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall on West Shore Drive after the ceremonies.