Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Woonsocket area:
WOONSOCKET -- Volunteers from the Georges Dubois Veterans Exhibit at the Museum of Work and Culture are planning a Veteran’s Day observance at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, outside the Museum, which is located on Market Street.
In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony would be moved to the ITU Hall inside the Museum.
The general public is invited to attend. This year’s theme will be World War One. A moment of silence will be observed in honor of all who sacrificed their lives in that conflict.
Local war veterans are specifically invited to participate in the ceremony. Museum co-director Raymond H. Bacon will present a historical overview of how the World War impacted the local region.
Boy Scout Troop 2 from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish will assist in the setup and participate in the flag-raising ceremony. A flag-folding ceremony featuring members of the Junior ROTC program at Woonsocket High School will be held, narrated by Dave Richards of WOON radio.
Jeff Gamache of WNRI radio will read a brief history of “Taps” and will narrate its lyrics, which will be played by two trumpeters from Mount St. Charles Academy.
Several re-enactors will be present and Keith Ezovski of Lincoln will fire the traditional cannon blasts to open and close the ceremony.
Local performers Charles Desaulniers and Jean O’Donnell will be the guest soloists.
For more information, contact Romeo Berthiaume at 401-651-4739.
WOONSOCKET -- The United Veterans Council of Woonsocket will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Joseph’s Veterans Hall, 99 Louise Street.
The UVC is also hosting a special Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Assembly of God Church, 420 Mendon Road.
All Post veterans are requested to arrive at 10:30 a.m. with their colors. The next meeting of the UVC will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the St. Joseph’s Veterans Hall. Nomination and Election of offices for 2012 will be held.
WOONSOCKET -- A special birthday party will be held on Thursday to celebrate the 236th anniversary of the founding of the Marines back in 1775, when Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines in Philadelphia as naval infantry.
Anyone who wants to attend can order tickets early for $25 and receive a free Marines T-shirt or flag at the door. Just call 401-769-9555 to order tickets, or buy them at the door on Thursday night, assuming the party isn’t sold out by then.
The party will be held at King Arthur’s Banquet Hall located at 179 Front Street.
All servicemen and their spouses are welcome to attend. The part will include a ceremony, dinner, prizes and plenty of fun.
WOONSOCKET -- Melvin Defoe, the city’s Veterans Advisor, will have office hours on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Woonsocket Senior Citizens Center, 84 Social Street.
Defoe will be available to assist any Woonsocket military veteran and surviving spouses with informations on veterans services and programs, VA Medical Center, and assistance in completing paperwork regarding benefits.
Defoe is a member of the Woonsocket Veterans Council and is the state’s VFW Commander.
Defoe, a Vietnam veteran, can be reached at 401-769-3236 (home) or 401-996-9424 (cell).