DEVENS — Gov. Charlie Baker will be the guest speaker Friday at a ceremony honoring the state’s remaining World War II veterans.
Heroes Remembered: A Ceremony Honoring World War II Veterans, will be held on Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Flags, located at One Quebec Street at Fort Devens. The event, co-hosted by State Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) and State Rep. Sheila Harrington (R-Groton), will feature a traditional military program, and special guest speaker Governor Charlie Baker.
“We’re doing this event because we believe we have an obligation to honor these veterans before it’s too late,” said Harrington. “We just commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and most of the surviving veterans are in their 90s.”
According to data provided by the Veterans Administration, there are less than 25,000 living World War II veterans in Massachusetts. By 2020, it is estimated there will be less than 5,000.
“I’m very much looking forward to this event,” Benson said. “It’s being held at the historic Hall of Flags building in Fort Devens, and I think it will be a very moving, solemn ceremony honoring the veterans of the Greatest Generation.”
The traditional 90-minute program will include a Color Guard, a performance of the National Anthem and other patriotic music selections, and the reading of a special Proclamation by Governor Baker honoring Massachusetts’s World War II veterans.
World War II Veterans and their families from across the Commonwealth are invited to attend. Ample parking is available, and the Hall of Flags is handicap accessible. It is requested that veterans and their guests be seated by 1 p.m. to ensure a prompt start to the ceremony.