Below is a press release from the Wilmington Veterans Services Department:
WILMINGTON, MA — In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The Wilmington Department of Veterans Services invites all the residents of Wilmington to attend, remember and honor all our past and present Veterans on Wednesday November 11, 2020 for the Town of Wilmington’s Veterans’ Day ceremonies. Honor Guards will assemble at the Fourth of July parking lot at 10:45 a.m. and proceed to the Town Common for this year’s Veterans’ Day ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. All current social distancing and safety protocols will be followed, and the ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook. Follow us at Wilmington, MA. Veterans Services.
This year’s ceremony will include the unveiling of Liam Prigmore’s Eagle Scout project. Liam designed and raised the funds to construct a memorial honoring Wilmington’s KIAs and MIAs since World War II. The monument is placed on the other side of the War Memorial on the Common and this year’s ceremony will take place on that side of the Common.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services at (978) 694-2040.
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