Published November 1, 2018

NORTH READING — The annual tribute to the town’s veterans will be held on Veterans’ Day on Sunday, November 11 at the top of the town common, near the war memorials, at 11 a.m.

The ceremony will include participation in the National World War I Centennial “Toll the Bell” program.

“We are holding a special tribute to the 100th year anniversary of the end of WWI. At 11 a.m., we will toll the bells 21 times in honor of those who have served and sacrificed,” said Veterans’ Services Director Susan Magner.

The ceremony is being planned jointly by Magner along with the Veterans’ Memorial Committee and the Veterans’ Event Committee.

“I ask you to bring your children and support this tribute. Bring your bells; we want as many bells as possible, to include the Fire Department, Police Department, churches etc.! Let us all come together in support of this special tribute followed by our traditional ceremony,” Magner said.

“At the conclusion of the ceremony we will have refreshments and fun giveaways for the children. It is my hope that everyone will take time out of their schedules to join us,” she added.

Kid-friendly National Guard display

The organizers have confirmed that the National Guard will support the town’s ceremony with three vehicles plus troops. The children will have the opportunity to explore the vehicles and ask the National Guardsmen and Guardswomen questions. Vehicles will be in place at 10 a.m.

If the weather does not cooperate the ceremony will be moved indoors in the Batchelder School gymnasium. An announcement will be made if the venue changes.