Friday, Nov. 9

Ayer Shirley Regional High School Veterans Day Program (20th year)

7 a.m., complimentary breakfast at Karen's Kitchen, Ayer

Veterans program, Ayer Shirley High School, Washington Street, Ayer

8:15 a.m. Classroom visits, veterans share stories

9-10:15 a.m., assembly, high school auditorium

Lura A. White Elementary School, Shirley

12:30 p.m., Classroom visits, veterans invited to meet with students, talk about their service

2 p.m. Assembly in school gym, program presented by fourth-graders Event wraps with reception in school cafeteria

Sunday, Nov. 11

Shirley War Memorial Building, Church Street, 11 a.m.

Presented by Shirley Veterans Events Committee with assistance from American Legion Post 183, Program to include participation by Legion officials, Shirley Scouts

Master of Ceremonies: Mike Detillion, Shirley veterans services officer

Invocation and Benediction: Legion Chaplain Charles Church

Remarks: Shirley Selectmen Chairman Debra Flagg

Speaker: Veterans Events Committee Chair Norman Albert (World War II Marine veteran)

Music: Ayer Shirley Regional High School Band, Timothy Ketterer, director

Middle School Chorus, Marianne Cooper, director; St. Anthony's Church.

Choir. Featured Shirley drummers (for 42 years) Mike Bulger and Scot Bulger.

Luncheon reception to follow in Legion Hall, downstairs.


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Veterans Day facts

World War I (1914- 1918) The signing of an armistice at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, marked the end of hostilities and led to peace treaties across Europe.

The European war was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria- Hungary at Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist on June 28, 1914.

The U.S., which had remained neutral, joined its allies in 1917 after declaring war on Germany.

The historic armistice signing at Compiegne on Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m., was later commemorated by creation of Armistice Day (now Veterans Day.)

History credits World War I for having "revolutionized" warfare at a tremendous cost, with an estimated 10,000,000 dead and 20,000,000 wounded. Stirred by its lessons, the League of Nations was formed.

Dissolved in 1946, the League of Nations, based in Geneva, was the first permanent, international organization that aimed to achieve international cooperation, security and peace. It was the model for the United Nations.