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Events planned around the region for Veterans Day

  • Francestown will hold its Veterans Day parade on Sunday at 11 a.m. Courtesy photo—

  • Peterborough observes Veterans Day during its annual parade on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 on Main and Grove Streets. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Peterborough observes Veterans Day during its annual parade on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 on Main and Grove Streets. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 10:33AM

Sunday marks a special Veterans Day, as it is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which officially signified the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Armistice Day later became celebrated as Veterans Day – setting aside a day each year to honor those who have served the country’s military. Events are planned in towns around the region for Sunday, from parades and readings of veterans who have passed to the ringing of bells to signify the end of the World War I.

Peterborough

A remembrance service will begin the Veteran’s Day events on Sunday at All Saints Church at 9 a.m.  Readers at the service will include Ronald Crowe, John Franklin, Richard Loudon and Wayne Thomas. The United States Sea Cadets Monadnock Squadron will carry the colors and act as sideboys at the entrance to the church. The Cheney-Armstrong Auxiliary will pour coffee and cider following the service. 

At 10:30 a.m., the parade participants will muster at Veterans Way (next to Maggie’s). The parade will include veterans (uniforms not required), the South Meadow Middle School band, the Sea Cadets, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Frontier Girls. They will march up Main Street, up the stairs and into the main hall of the Town House.

In the Town House, Peter Sennett, who spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, will be the guest speaker, and Thomas will read the list of World War II veterans from the area who have died since last Nov. 11. The South Meadow Band will play the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Immediately following the service, the Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Peterborough Heritage Commission will be giving out cupcakes and lemonade in the lobby outside of Upper Hall.

At 11:30 a.m., veterans and event attendees are invited to gather on the Town House steps for a group photograph. The photo will be a recreation of the photograph that was taken in November 1918 to commemorate the end of World War I. This will also mark the conclusion of the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the building of the Town House and Historical Society Building, both of which were completed in 1918.

Jaffrey

John Humiston Post #11 American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5613 and the town of Jaffrey have collaborated to put on a parade of veterans.

The parade will assemble at Jaffrey’s Blake Street parking lot at 10:15 a.m. and step off at 10:30 a.m., for a march to the town common, where a prayer will be offered, a wreath laid, an address delivered by former Jaffrey Selectman and Air Force veteran Don MacIsaac, and the playing of the national anthem.

Veterans who have served, and those who are still serving their country, are invited to march in the annual parade. For further information,  contact Marc Tieger, 532-8765.

Rindge

Over 90 years ago, the U.S. government commissioned a memorial to those lost in “The Great War.” Leonard Craske, best known for his “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships” memorial to the Gloucester fishermen, was contracted to create the monument. He created a model for the memorial, known as the ”Ecce Homo,” with Jesus on a cross looking down at a dying soldier. The soldier has the same wounds as Jesus and is dressed in a uniform that has no rank or insignia that would identify his country or branch of service.

Today, that model of the ”Ecce Homo” can be found at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. The name of this statue of the crucifixion stands for “Behold the Man.”

Visitors today can see this extraordinary model in the Booras Museum at Cathedral of the Pines. On the 100th  anniversary of the end of World War I, it will be placed on the Chaplains’ Altar in the Hilltop House for the annual Veterans Day celebration.

A Veterans Day service will be held on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. 

The NHSODAR Fallen Heroes Moving Wall will be on display from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hill Top House.

Francestown

Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be a march where veterans are invited to participate in uniform – if they fit. Those interested can meet near the horse sheds at 10:30 a.m.

The march will head toward Memorial Rock by the old meeting house, where there will be a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and laying of the memorial wreath.

Following the ceremonies, there will be a luncheon buffet at the Francestown Town Hall put on by Francestown Elementary School.

Lyndeborough

The Veterans Day remembrance ceremony will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Lyndeborough Center.

The Lafayette Artillery Company will fire three shots from its historic 1844 brass cannon to salute veterans past, present and future. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Old Town Hall and all are welcome. 

Hancock

At 11 a.m. outside the meetinghouse, there will be the tradition of ringing of the bells, along with a short talk about the history of Armistice Day. The names of World War I veterans from Hancock will also be read.

Bells of Peace

In communities around the country, bells will be rung at 11 a.m. as a reminder of the sacrifice and service of all veterans.

But in this area, some towns are taking it one step further. The 21 bell tolls will take place at 11:11 a.m. to not only honor veterans but enhance the significance of the No. 11 to the end of World War I.

Locations in Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Temple and Peterborough will ring their bells a total of 21 times at 11:11 a.m. In addition to three churches in Peterborough, the Fire Department will sound the fire whistle 21 times at that moment. And at Cathedral of the Pines, the bell will be rung 100 times to honor the 100 years since World War I ended.