PROVINCETOWN — Veterans and volunteers have organized a number of activities to commemorate Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11. The first event honors those who served in seagoing services and will be held at MacMillan Pier at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., a ceremony paying tribute to all veterans takes place at the Veterans Memorial Wall at Provincetown Town Hall.
Veterans Day, a federal holiday since 1938, honors American veterans of all wars, especially living veterans who have served their country honorably during war or peacetime. The Nov. 11 date memorializes the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the allied nations and Germany in World War I.
The MacMillan Pier event will commence with an honor guard representing the U.S. Coast Guard, Station Provincetown and the Provincetown Police Dept.
Jim Keefe, master of ceremonies, will deliver the introduction. The Rev. Henry Dahl, retired pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown, will deliver an opening prayer. The crowd will participate in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a performance of the national anthem by Denise Russell.
Carl Sawyer, past cmdr., American Legion, and Thomas Osowski, cmdr., Veterans of Foreign Wars, will cast a memorial wreath upon the sea.
The service will end with a ceremonial volley from the Provincetown Police Dept. honor guard.
At the Veterans Memorial Wall ceremony, starting at 11 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard, Station Provincetown and the Provincetown Police Dept. will herald the start, with an introduction by Jim Keefe.
The Rev. Dahl will offer a prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Denise Russell will perform the national anthem, and later “America the Beautiful.”
The guest speaker is Brig. Gen. Jimmy G. Dishner, a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Thomas Steele, cmdr., American Legion, and Thomas Osowski, cmdr., Veterans of Foreign Wars, will place the memorial wreath.
Members of the Provincetown Police Dept. honor guard will execute a ceremonial volley. The event will conclude with taps performed by Daniel Latta and a closing prayer from the Rev. Mr. Dahl.
Following the service, all are welcome for light refreshments at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 227 Commercial St.