(WPRI) — On November 11, we honor the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country.
Commemorations around Rhode Island and Massachusetts will look different this year with many events going virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
R.I. Virtual Veterans Day: Gov. Gina Raimondo led the state’s official Veterans Day proceedings to honor those who have served, along with Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, general officers, legislative leaders, and military officials.
“On Veterans Day, we thank the men and women of our armed forces for their valorous service to our great nation. America’s highest values—our vigorous democracy, our unparalleled liberties, and our everlasting commitment to the equality of all people—are possible only by their tremendous sacrifices,” Raimondo said. “Today we must thank our veterans not only in word but in action by recommitting ourselves to providing every returning member of our military with the lifelong support they deserve.”
9 a.m. — Wreath Laying Ceremony: The RIFC Honor Flight Hub Wreath Laying ceremony honoring Veterans Day will be brief this year and will also honor the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. They have chosen to lay a wreath at the World War II Memorial in Providence for the ceremony this year. Due to the coronavirus, only one World War II veteran will be participating this year.
11 a.m. — Infantry Lodge Associates: At the Squantum Club in East Providence veterans are celebrating 101 years of the Infantry Lodge Associates. Just over a hundred veterans gathered for the outdoor event, featuring the traditional meal of hot dogs and beer. It was a meal served for local troops returning from World War I in 1920 and has been served on Veterans Day ever since.
All Day — Veterans Day nursing home visits: Military personnel from around the state of Rhode Island, along with healthcare workers from the VNA of Care New England, visited nursing homes and saluted veterans from outside the facilities this Veterans Day. VNA of Care New England healthcare workers will be held signs outside of nursing homes which read, “Thank you for your service!”
9 a.m. — Westport Veterans Day Rolling Parade: The town of Westport had a parade to honor veterans which kicked off at the Council on Aging and ended at Beech Grove Cemetery. Veterans were urged to decorate their vehicles and join.
Massachusetts Virtual Veterans Day: Gov. Charlie Baker joined the Department of Veterans’ Services Secretary Cheryl Lussier Poppe, veterans, active military, clergy, and musical performers from across the Commonwealth to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our nation.
11 a.m. — New Bedford Veterans Day event: The ceremony honored those who served the nation in place of New Bedford’s usual Veterans Day parade and was live-streamed on the city’s Facebook pages and aired on New Bedford Cable Access.
1 p.m. — Fall River Veterans Day motorcade: The Fall River War Veterans’ Council and the city have changed its annual Veterans Day Parade to a Veterans Day Motorcade. The motorcade started on Water Street in front of Boneheads, Bogan Industries, the Marine Museum, and Gates to the City.