veteran's day

Dogtag sitting on an American Flag

Cynthia Ozick once said “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude”. Veteran’s Day is a day where we honor those members of our country who have served or are currently serving in wars to fight for our freedom. In honor of this day, national businesses are offering discounts to veterans and active military personnel. Please be advised that most businesses require a proof of military service.

Photo of Woburn Veterans War Memorial Wall

Honor veterans who have fought for this country by attending the Veterans Day Parade in Woburn on Sunday, November 11. Hosted by the United Veterans Council of Woburn and the Veterans Office of the City of Woburn, the parade will kickoff at 10:30am on Main Street at the Woburn/Winchester line.

The parade will travel towards the Woburn Common where it will stop for a ceremony at 11:00am. Following the ceremony, there will be a dedication of the new war memorial wall, listing every veteran from Woburn since the 1640's Early Wars right up to today! This wall is being funded by John Flaherty. The day's events will conclude with a free cookout for veterans and their families!

Woburn Public Library

On Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, following the conclusion of the ceremonies on the Common and the luncheon, Woburn Public Library volunteer Linda Olsson will present a special Community Conversation at the Library where she will show military related photographs from the Patrick Farino Collection. Local military photographer MSgt. Patrick Farino plans to attend.

The library will open its doors at 1:00 p.m. A continuous video display will be screened until approximately 2pm (or once the luncheon activities are over and the audience can be seated). At that time an interactive slide show of approximately 100 images will be shown, including the following topics: National Guard Company G in the South Pacific, local military recruitment activities, training at Fort Devens, Camp Drum, and Fort Dix; Boston Naval Shipyard; Woburn Memorial and Armistice Day parades and services, American Legion, Auxiliary, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Gold Star Mothers, and Disabled American Veteran activities, and company reunions, all from the 1940’s and 50’s.The audience will be encouraged to help identify people in the images.