Newburyport Veterans Day Commemorations and Parade

By Caitlin Dowling, 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 Monday, November 11th. Residents and visitors are invited to join honored guests for a parade and ceremony in observance of the holiday.

Along with veterans and their families, the parade will also feature the Newburyport Fire Department, Newburyport Police Color Guard, United States Coast Guard Color Guard, Patriots for American Veterans (PAVO) Motorcycle Contingent, and Elected Officials. The Newburyport High School Marching Band will provide music while Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Brownies also join in the march in honor of Veterans Day.

To march in the parade—all are welcome—participants are asked to meet in front of CVS on Pond Street at 10:15 am. For those that would prefer to be spectators, the parade will begin at 10:45 am and make its way from Pond Street, to Green Street, to City Hall where a ceremony will commence.

Paraders and spectators will gather at City Hall at 11 am for a formal Veterans Day ceremony. Major Todd Hughs of Newburyport Salvation Army will begin with the invocation followed by the National Anthem performed by the Newburyport High School Marching Band. The ceremony will also recite the names of recently departed veterans to honor their memories.

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 and the Newburyport Police Honor Guard will offer a rifle salute. The observance will end with Taps as a final salute to veterans.

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