SHIRLEY — World War II ended 70 years ago on August 14 at 2 p.m., according to World War II Marine veteran and local Veterans Events Chairman Norman Albert, who recently announced that the VEC will host an event commemorating that momentous occasion.
The anniversary will be marked by ceremonies and celebrations across the United States and around the world on on that date and at that time, Albert said.
In Shirley, the event will take place at Whiteley Park on Friday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.
Sketching the program, he said it includes speakers, “posting of the colors” by Shirley American Legion Post #183 and an invocation and benediction by its chaplain.
Gerry Wheeler will provide recorded music, including playing of each service branch anthem.
A local Boy Scout will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem will be sung, Albert continued, followed by a salute for each surviving WWII veteran as their names are announced.
Those who left town to serve in WWII but never came back will be honored and remembered.
“We will read the names of those 13 heroes from Shirley who gave their lives during that war and taps will be sounded,” Albert said.
The program also includes laying of a wreath at the WWII monument and a proclamation honoring WWII veterans will be read by a member of the Board of Selectmen.
“We urge townspeople to attend this important event to honor all World War II veterans who served our country with distinction,” he concluded.
— M.E. Jones, Correspondent