The City of Melrose and the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board are proud to announce a comprehensive schedule of events aimed at recognizing the important contributions of our veteran population on Veterans Day.
“Veterans Day is an annual highlight and a chance for the city to formally thank its veteran population for their dedicated service,” Melrose Veteran Services Director Ryan McLane said. “This year we are honoring our veterans with some traditional and unique events, helping to share the amazing stories of the veterans who live here.”
David Bingham Park Dedication
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
10 a.m. Lincoln School, 80 West Wyoming Ave, Melrose Ma
The Bingham Community Playground is slated to formally open at the Lincoln School with a special ceremony honoring Lincoln Elementary School graduate and US Marine David Bingham, who died in the Vietnam War at the age of nineteen.
Veterans in the Classroom
Monday, November 4th, 2013
8 a.m. Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose
This annual event pairs MHS history students with local veterans for one-on-one history sessions. Veterans interested in participating can email MHS history teacher Lisa Lord at email@example.com
Gately Funeral Home Veteran Relief Fund Fundraiser at Absolutely Fabulous
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
530 p.m. to 930 p.m., Absolutely Fabulous, 454 Main Street, Melrose
For the second year, Gately Funeral Home will host a fundraiser at Absolutely Fabulous in Melrose. Featuring the “Sangria Salute,” this fundraiser aims to collect donations for local veteran relief funds.
Operation Gettysburg Fundraiser at Liberty Bell
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
5 p.m.-8 p.m., Liberty Bell, 886 Main Street, Melrose
Operation Gettysburg is a joint effort by MVMMS students and community veteran organizations to visit the Gettysburg battlefield this spring and upgrade city Civil War monuments. This is the first fundraiser for the trip. A percentage of the restaurant’s sales will benefit the effort, as will raffle tickets for sale that night.
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Breakfast and Assembly
Friday, November 8th, 2013
8 a.m., Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose
This annual highlight of the fall schedule begins with free breakfast for veterans, followed by an assembly complete with speeches and musical numbers. This year Operation Gettysburg will kick off at the event in addition to the honoring of all veterans by inviting them on stage to view the event.
Veterans Day Food Drive, Shaws Supermarket
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shaws Supermarket, 34 Essex Street, Melrose
The Melrose Veterans Advisory Board will collect specific items for distribution to local food pantries during this food drive. Interested participants can purchase items and donate them the same day. The local food pantries are vital to sustaining Melrose veterans and their families who are in need.
Veterans Day Breakfast and Monument Ceremonies
Monday, November 11th, 2013
9 a.m., Memorial Hall, 590 Main Street, Melrose
Observed on the Veterans Day holiday, this event begins with a free breakfast at 9 a.m. at Memorial Hall for veterans and their supporters. Veterans Day ceremonies will formally commence at 10 a.m. with stops at the WWII and Korean War Memorials, the Vietnam Memorial and the Knoll. Ceremony highlights this year include the honoring of the most recent veteran in the Veteran-of-the-Year series, the introduction of the Operation Gettysburg students and a presentation of upgrades to the Knoll, the city’s WWI Memorial.
Immediately following the Veterans Day ceremonies, the Harold O. Young VFW Post on Chipman Avenue will host a Veterans Day collation in their refurbished event hall.
For more information about Veterans Day events, please contact Ryan McLane, Veteran Services Director at 781-979-4186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.