SALUTING HEROES: A guide to Marblehead’s Veterans Day programs  

Marblehead has several events planned to honor veterans leading up to as well as on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

COA Veterans Day Breakfast

On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., the Council on Aging will host its annual Veterans Breakfast at the Senior Center. The breakfast is sponsored by the Masons Lodge and is free for all veterans. Veterans should RSVP by calling 781-631-6225.

Learn to research military history

On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m., the Abbot Public Library will host a program on researching family military history using the digital resource Fold3. Attendees can learn how to access records and documents and create online memorials. Registration is required at

Veterans Town Hall

On Friday, Nov. 10, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton will host his ninth annual Veterans Town Hall at 3 p.m. at Abbot Hall. The event provides a forum for veterans to share stories and experiences from their service. Veterans of any era and any branch are invited to speak. Civilians are encouraged to attend to listen and connect with local veterans.

Veterans Day

The town will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Abbot Hall. Doors open at 9 a.m. Parking and shuttle service will be available from the National Grand Bank rear parking lot starting at 9 a.m., with the last shuttle at 9:45 a.m. The Marblehead High School Choral Group, directed by Andrew Scoglio, will perform.

This year’s keynote speaker is Marine Corps Col. Josh Bradstreet.   

“Great guy, he’s a member of the VFW,” Rodgers said. “Col. Bradstreet, a member of the United States Marine Corps, lives in town with his three children.”

After the service, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2005 will host a breakfast at 321 West Shore Drive.

The Beacon Restaurant will host a Veterans Day event in the evening to raise funds for Wreaths Across America. Gen. David McKiernan will be the guest speaker. Doors open at 4 p.m., program starts at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations are required. There will be a silent auction, raffle and live music by the Guy Ford Band. Learn more at

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