Townspeople and visitors are invited to gather at the Doughboy Soldiers Monument in front of town hall on Saturday for a celebration to honor the town’s veterans for their love of country and willingness to serve. The date, Nov. 11, and the time of the gathering, 11 a.m., recall the day and time in 1918 when an armistice went into effect, ceasing the fighting between the Allies and Germany to bring World War I to an end. That war was then regarded as “the war to end all wars.” The day now honors veterans of all wars.
The U.S. Coast Guard Station, Provincetown, and the Provincetown Police Dept. will present an honor guard, and Jim Keefe will introduce the day’s proceedings. Opening and closing prayers will be offered by the Rev. Brian Raiche of Saint Mary of the Harbor Episcopal Church and Cavan Butilier will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Denise Russell will sing the National Anthem, and later, after select board chair Dave Abramson offers remarks, she will follow with “America the Beautiful.”
Memorial wreaths will be set in place by Thomas Steele of the American Legion and Craig Butilier of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Michael Coelho will play Taps.
The same program will take place at MacMillan Pier at 10 a.m. that day.