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Newburyport Veterans Day Commemorations and Parade

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Newburyport will honor veterans and their families at the annual Veterans Day Commemorations on Thursday, November 11th. Residents and visitors are invited to join honored guests for a ceremony and parade in observance of the holiday. A short procession will start on Pond Street across from CVS at 10:45. They will turn on to High Street and continue down Green Street to City Hall. The ceremony will start at 11 am in front of City Hall and last approximately 45 minutes followed by a parade that will march through Market Square to Veterans Cemetery for the conclusion of the ceremony. Scroll to the bottom of the article for a detailed schedule.

All are welcome to gather at City Hall at 11 am for a formal Veterans Day ceremony. Captain Jessica Berkhoudt of Newburyport Salvation Army will give with the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance lead by local scouts. The National Anthem will be preformed by the Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Steve Cohen. Mayor Donna Holaday will recite the names of recently departed veterans with Memorial Bells and Kevin Hunt, Veteran Agent will pay honor with memories and remembrances. The City Hall portion of the ceremony will conclude with patriotic music from the Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Steve Cohen.

The ceremony itself will last about 45 minutes. Please be aware that seating will be limited in front of City Hall, so arrive early if you would like to have an actual seat. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move into the City Hall’s auditorium.

After the Veterans Day ceremony, the parade will continue on to Market Square, marching up State Street to Veterans Cemetery where Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday will place a memorial wreath at the monument, the selection will be played by Newburyport High School Band and the Benediction will be given by Captain Jessica Berkhoudt of the Newburyport Salvation Army. The observance will end with Taps as a final salute to veterans.

There are some local businesses offering discounts and or free offers for Veterans on Veterans Day. Visit the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for details. Below find the detailed listing of the parade and ceremony.

10:45 to 11:00 AM
Procession will start on Pond Street, across from CVS and proceed down Green Street to City Hall.

11 AM to 11:45 AM (Approx.) Commemorations in front of City Hall
Invocation – Captain, Jessica Berkhoudt, Newburyport Salvation Army
Pledge of Allegiance – local scouts
National Anthem – Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Steve Cohen
Recitation of the names of recently departed veterans –Mayor Donna D. Holaday. Memorial Bells
Veteran Memories and Remembrances – Kevin Hunt Newburyport Veteran Agent
Patriotic Music – Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Steve Cohen

11:45 AM to 12:15 PM (Approx.)
Parade will leave City Hall and march around Market Square, up State Street to Veterans Cemetery at the base of Pond Street
Mayor Holaday places Memorial wreath at monument
Musical selection Newburyport High School Band
Benediction – Captain Jessica Berkhoudt, Newburyport Salvation Army
Taps – Conclusion of Newburyport Veterans’ Day

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