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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.

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.