SHIRLEY -- Once again this year, all veterans and the public are invited and encouraged to attend Shirley's Veterans Day ceremony.

As usual, kickoff time is 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Whiteley Park (at the corner of Phoenix Street and Front Street across from the Shirley train station).

In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be held at the War Memorial Building, 8 Church St.

The ceremony will last about 30 minutes.

Lt. Col. Steven Egan, commanding officer, Fort Devens, will be keynote speaker.

Elaine Decell of the Shirley American Legion Auxiliary, and Shirley American Legion member Norman Albert, a World War II Marine Corps veteran will also speak during the program.

The guest of honor will be World War II veteran Sgt. Thelma Katkin, who will turn 100 years of age on Nov. 8.

Entire families, Boy and Girl Scouts, school groups and civic groups are encouraged to attend.

Shirley families have quite a history of military service, so be sure to attend to show your thanks and support for our veterans. This year's challenge: Bring someone to the ceremony who has never attended in years past. They will be impressed.