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NORTH ANDOVER — It’s often called the Forgotten War.
When the communist forces of North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the United Nations sent thousands of troops to defend that country. Most of those troops were Americans and an estimated 350 came from North Andover.
America’s toll from the Korean War was 33,651 battle deaths and 3,262 other deaths, according to the Pentagon.
North Andover’s Veterans Day observance will honor all of the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States, but those who served during the Korean War will receive special honor and recognition, according to Ted Tripp, chairman of the Patriotic Observance Committee.
The Board of Selectmen recently voted to dedicate the local commemoration of Veterans Day to Ensign Robert Ernest Wainwright, who was lost along with 20 other sailors when the minesweeper on which they were serving, the USS Magpie, hit a floating mine off Chuksan on Oct. 1, 1950; and the other North Andover residents who served during the Korean War.
The parade will form at First and Main streets at 9:45 a.m. Monday. It will step off at 10:15 and march to Patriots Memorial Park, near the Stevens Memorial Library, for the memorial service.
The parade will then reform and march along Main Street to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104 on Park Street, where the flag will be raised and all departed veterans will be saluted.
Should the weather interfere, the ceremony will be held in the North Andover Middle School auditorium at 10:30.
The marchers are expected to include Girl and Boy scouts, members of the American Legion and VFW Post 2104, police and firefighters and town officials.
The following Veterans Day related events will be held elsewhere in the region:
Andover will observe Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, with three brief ceremonies across town followed by a luncheon.
The program starts at 10 a.m. at West Parish Cemetery, then moves to Spring Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m. and Ballardvale Green at noon.
Lunch will follow the ceremonies at 1 p.m. at the Masonic Temple at 7 High St. The Veterans Services Department will be releasing its fifth book in its “Heroes Among Us” project, and the veterans featured in the latest edition will each receive an official copy.
The Veterans Day observances will be held even if there is inclement weather. If there is moderate to heavy rain, a brief ceremony will be held at Elm Green at noon, with the program then continuing indoors at the Masonic Temple.
Members of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 2, will host a wreath laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial at Campagnone Common on Monday at 11 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public.
The bridge at the corner of Marston and Canal streets will be dedicated in memory of Staff Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez on Nov. 15 at noon.
Jimenez went missing in action in Iraq on May 12, 2007 during an ambush west of Mahmudiyah, Iraq and his body was not recovered until 14 months later. He was a member of the 4th battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd brigade, 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army.
The Veterans Day parade will be held Monday starting at 9:30 a.m at American Legion Post, 200 Broadway.
The parade steps off up Broadway, left on Hampshire Street, left on Lowell St., left on Grove St. to Walnut Grove Cemetery for ceremonies. Parade reforms and proceeds down Grove St., left on Lowell St., right on Barker St., left on Lowell St., right on Hampshire St., right on Broadway to American Legion Post.
At noon, ceremonies will be held by the Arnold F. Greenwood Post 8349 at the Veterans Lot in Elmwood Cemetery. At 1:15 p.m.: Announcement of Veterans Department school poster contest and Voiland Flag program fundraising raffle.
Information: Office of Veterans Services, 978-983-8585
Haverhill’s annual Veteran’s Day parade is scheduled for Monday. The parade will form at 10 a.m. in front of the VFW Lorraine Post 29 at 64 Kenoza Ave. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. sharp and proceed to Monument Square, down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard, where services will be held. At the conclusion of the services, the colors will be retired and the parade will be disbanded. A buffet luncheon will be held at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.