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November 8, 2012

Some Veterans Day observances in the Merrimack Valley

ANDOVER

The town will hold three brief ceremonies on Sunday followed by a luncheon at the Masonic Temple, 7 High St. The ceremonies will be at West Parish Cemetery at 10 a.m.; Spring Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m.; and Ballardvale Green at noon. The luncheon will begin at 1 p.m.

At Spring Grove Cemetery the town will be dedicating two Veterans’ Memorials. The two memorials are to dedicate the existing Spring Grove Veterans Burial Lot and to dedicate the future Spring Grove Veterans Burial Lot. At Ballardvale Green the “Heroes Among Us Book — Book IV”, spotlighting living WWII Andover Veterans, will be presented to the veterans in that book.

In the case of inclement weather (moderate to heavy rain/snow) a brief ceremony will be held at Elm Green at noon. For more information please call the Veterans Office at 978-623-8218.

HAVERHILL

The annual Veterans Day presented by the Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4, American Legion, will form at 10 a.m. in front of VFW Lorraine Post 29, 64 Kenoza Ave. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Monument Square, and then down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Ginty Boulevard, for a program honoring the men and woman of the military. A buffet luncheon will follow at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

LAWRENCE

City Councilor-At-Large Roger Twomey honors fellow veterans at the third annual pancake breakfast Sunday at the Reliefs In, 1 Market St. On the menu will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, fruit, muffins, donuts, juice and coffee. Open to everyone. Donations are $5 and complimentary for veterans. For tickets or more information, call Twomey at 978-685-7558 or email at rogertwomey@comcast.net.

NORTH ANDOVER

The Veterans Day parade will form at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at First and Main streets. The parade will start at 10 a.m., proceed up Main Street and head for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104 on Park St., where the flag will be raised in honor of all departed veterans. The Patriotic Observance Committee, which organizes the parade, voted unanimously to dedicate this year’s parade and ceremony in memory of retired Air Force Lt. Col. Harold Dushame, who died June 30. Dushame, who served two tours in Vietnam, was a longtime volunteer at Town Hall who donated thousands of dollars to local causes. If the weather turns foul, the services will take place in the North Andover Middle School Veterans Auditorium. For more information, call Veterans Services Officer Edgar Mitchell at 978-688-9525.

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