DEVENS — The local Veterans Day observance will be different this year, for two reasons.
The observance will take place on the new U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens parade field, and the post will be open to the public for the first time in recent memory beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11, according to post commander Lt. Col. Steven Nott.
The new field is on Department of Defense land across the street from post headquarters — off Saratoga Street. Visitors travel down Quebec Street to a former ball field on the right, behind Building 666. It will be landscaped next spring.
Nott said the program will be 30 to 40 minutes in length and will include speakers, a color guard and bagpiper and prayers by Deacon Sal Tantillo of St. Anthony’s Church in Fitchburg. Nott is one of the speakers.
Two 75 millimeter “pack” howitzers will each “sound off” a dozen or so times to commemorate every war since the Revolution.
“Security measures are in place for the public for special occasions,” Nott said. “Visitors will need photo identification. The technology will suffice (for verification).”
A new Memorial Park is being developed and some memorials from Vietnam and other wars have been moved. Nott said one in particular — hidden away facing the Jackson Road fence by Building 683 when Base Realignment and Closure re-drew boundary lines — will be moved and re-dedicated. — Don Eriksson