Each year on November 11 the Town of Reading gathers to honor its veterans. This year Reading’s Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on the Town Common at 11:00 AM and will be preceded by a complimentary breakfast being organized by the Reading Public Services Department. Veterans, their families, friends, and neighbors are invited to attend the Veterans Day Breakfast to be held on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at the Masonic Lodge Hall, 110 Haven Street. The entrance to the breakfast is on Linden Street.
This year is the 101st anniversary of the end of WWI with the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all Veterans, not just those that died in WWI. Our Ceremony begins promptly at 11:00 AM with the National Anthem performed by the Reading Memorial High School Small Ensemble. Speakers for the event include Kevin Bohmiller, Veterans’ Services Officer, Father Patrick Armano, John Halsey, Vice Chair, Reading Select Board, and participation from Reading Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. US Army veteran, Deputy Police Chief David Clark will be the guest speaker.
Staff from the Reading Public Services Department, including Elder/Human Services Administrator Jane Burns and Veterans Services Officer Kevin Bohmiller and, are coordinating the breakfast.
The Masonic Lodge is located at 110 Haven Street, Reading, MA 01867. In case of inclement weather, all observances will be held at the Masonic Lodge.