Fort Devens Museum hosts celebration of veterans Nov. 9

DEVENS – On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Fort Devens Museum will hold its annual Open House celebrating Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits are on view that chronicle the history of Camp Devens and Fort Devens and the roles its men and women played overseas and on the home front. Also, there will be two special programs during the day.

At 11, a.m., “War and Peace in a Dangerous World” will be presented by William Britton, a teacher at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers and a Marine Corps tank-company commander in Vietnam. He will examine the phenomenon of war from multiple perspectives: the warriors who fight on both sides of a conflict; the families and friends who suffer the loss of a loved one; civilians caught in the crossfire; and political and military leaders who make the decisions that lead to both war and peace.

At 12:30 p.m., Sydney Williams III will speak on the book “Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division (1944-1945).” His father, Sydney M. Williams Jr., reported to Fort Devens after being inducted into the American army in early 1944, leaving behind a wife and four young children. He went on to serve in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy until his release in late 1945. All during that time, he exchanged letters with his beloved wife, Mary, and with other family members and friends waiting anxiously for news at home. The younger Williams will speak about the correspondence between his parents during World War II.

The event is free, though donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served, and there will also be a fundraising raffle with prizes of local gift cards.The Fort Devens Museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA. The building is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 978-772-1286 or email info@fortdevensmuseum.org. Bring friends, family, and memories to enjoy this day of honoring and celebrating our Veterans and the unique history of Devens.