Monday is Patriots Day, a tribute to the men who bloodied the Lexington Green as the first shot was heard round the world, to those who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill and at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered -- to the thousands of men who fought, died and returned home for the dawn of a new nation.
Here in Peabody, the Historical Society, city officials and the Danvers Alarm List Company will gather once again at various sites to remember the seven men of South Danvers who fell at Lexington. The public is welcome to attend.
The ceremonies begin at 8:40 a.m. at the Jacobs cemetery off Lowell Street. The burial ground can be accessed from Lowell Street near Edgehill Road and city bike path.
The next service is at the Old South Burying Ground on Main Street at the Salem line at 9:20 a.m. and the third and main ceremony is at the Lexington Monument on Washington Street at 10 a.m.
The service will include local veterans laying a wreath at the monument, the roll call of the dead and remarks by Historical Society President Glenice Boyd, Mayor Ted Bettencourt and Historical Society Librarian Daniel Doucette.
A collation will be held afterward at the Peabody Historical Society & Museum.
Sewall Street from Holten to Washington Street will be closed to traffic from 9:45-10:30 a.m.