SHIRLEY -- The men and women who have served in the United States military -- and those who still do -- deserve the respect and gratitude of every American citizen and it's fitting to honor them all on Veterans Day, according to WWII Marine veteran and Veterans Event Committee Chairman Norman Albert.
In a recent press release, Albert noted two Veterans Day events hosted by the local schools and one that is traditionally held in town, open to the public and hosted by the VE Committee.
The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Shirley's Whiteley Park or at the nearby War Memorial Building on Church Street if it rains.
This year's focus honors Vietnam veterans, Albert said, and he urged all Vietnam vets, as well as others, to attend the ceremony. The guest speaker will be Vietnam veteran Sgt. Lee Bradley.
A light light lunch will be served at the War Memorial Building after the ceremony.
Originally called Armistice Day, the National Holiday, now renamed Veterans Day, may be commemorated on Monday in Massachusetts and other states that observe Monday holiday laws. But in Shirley, Veterans Day ceremonies continue to coincide with history, matching the date and time an armistice was signed in 1911, halting WWI hostilities after four years of fighting.
On Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8 a.m., a Veterans Day Program will be held at Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School in Shirley. Veterans are invited to come for coffee and donuts and to meet with students.
On Thursday, Nov. 9, the Ayer Shirley Regional High School will hosts its annual Veterans Day program, beginning at 7:30 a.m with breakfast at Dan's Place, then moving on to the high school on Washington Street in Ayer.
All veterans are invited to attend these events.