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Celebrating Veterans in Peabody

There are a number of events planned both Sunday and Monday to honor Peabody's men and women who have served in the armed forces.

The city's annual Veterans Day parade and ceremonies start at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Credit: File photo
The city's annual Veterans Day parade and ceremonies start at 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Credit: File photo
Peabody is recognizing local veterans this year for Veterans Day in a few different ways.

First, there is a special Mass at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church Sunday morning followed by a formal ceremony and then a birthday party for the Marine Corps up at the VFW post -- it's 237 years since Nov. 10, 1775.

Also, on Sunday, the city and the We Are America Performers have teamed up to offer a special patriotic concert that evening at City Hall. Last year, it was a special breakfast for World War II veterans, this year, it's a free concert -- “United We Stand – A Live Multi-Media Musical Tribute to America.”

On Monday, which is Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the city will hold its annual parade and ceremonies, followed by lunch back at the VFW post.

“Each year we want to do something special at City Hall to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country in the armed services,” says Mayor Ted Bettencourt.

“Last year we held a Veterans Day breakfast, which was a big hit. This year we invite veterans, their families and all Peabody residents to a free concert featuring the incomparable We Are America and their outstanding performance of ‘United We Stand,’” Bettencourt says.

Here's the schedule of events:

Sunday

  • 9 a.m. Veterans Day Mass, St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Paleologos St.
  • 10 a.m. Ceremony following Mass
  • 12 p.m. Marine Corps birthday party, VFW Post 1011, 20 Stevens St.
  • 6 p.m. "United We Stand" concert, City Hall, 24 Lowell St.
Monday
  • 9 a.m. Refreshments, VFW Post 1011, 20 Stevens St.
  • 10:30 a.m. Parade, VFW to City Hall
  • 11 a.m. Veterans Day ceremony, City Hall, 24 Lowell St.
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch, VFW Post 1011

The city will also be offering a free shuttle ride to and from City Hall for seniors Sunday evening so they can attend the concert.

Concert goers can pick up the shuttle at the Torigian Community Life Center at 79 Central St., beginning at 4:45 p.m. The shuttle will also pickup riders at Brooksby Village’s McIntosh Clubhouse, Kingsbury Clubhouse and Towne Center beginning at 4:15 pm.

Call the Peabody Council on Aging at 978-531-2254 to arrange for pickup at home.

The McCarthy Elementary School is also then hosting a Veterans Day observance with students on Tuesday (10:30 a.m.), and all local veterans are invited to attend.

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