U.S. MARINE CORPS Color Guard presented the colors to open the town’s Veterans’ Day ceremony on the common.
NRHS JUNIOR Alivia Rowe sang the National Anthem while Rich Stratton, a Vietnam-era Marine veteran and emcee of the event, stands at attention in his Minit & Militia uniform.
PATRIOT GUARD members lined the top of the town common, each holding Old Glory throughout the hour-long ceremony.
THE MARCHING HORNETS provided patriotic music, including “Military Escort,” “American March Classics,” and “God Bless America.”
FIVE VETERANS from North Reading had the honor of laying wreaths at the base of the five war memorials. From left: Jon Burt, Marines; Ken Ravioli, Army; Paul Fillmore, Air Force; Michael Barker, Army; Gerard Pelletier
KRISTI STEPHENS gave a heartfelt speech entitled “Cost of war through the eyes of a child.”
MINIT & MILITIA members (l-r): Maxwell Murphy, Gordon Hall and Gary Priest fired a musket volley as Capt. Rich Stratton played the drum.
THE NORTH READING Police Dept. Honor Guard presented the colors throughout the ceremony.
IVAN DEIKO plays “Taps” on his trumpet following the placing of the wreaths on the war memorials.
Veterans Day ceremony honors sacrifices made by vets and their families
Making memories at Veterans Social Dinner