City of Cambridge to Hold 2nd Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Week Nov 11-16

Cambridge, MA, Oct. 31, 2018 — The City of Cambridge will hold its second annual Veterans’ Appreciation Week Nov. 11-16, kicking off with a Veterans’ Day Observance on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at Cambridge Cemetery (76 Coolidge Ave.), followed by a Town Hall at 1 p.m., in the Sullivan Chamber at Cambridge City Hall (795 Massachusetts Ave.).  Activities on select days of the week will include acupuncture, guided meditation, fitness and nutrition tips, restorative therapy, art workshops, social gatherings, food and refreshments.

Veterans’ Day Observance Sunday, Nov. 11 (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

The Cambridge Department of Veterans’ Services and Cambridge Veterans’ Organization (CVO) will hold their annual Veterans’ Day Observance on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at the Veterans’ World War I Monument located next to the main gate of Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Avenue. Veterans, Police and Fire Departments’ Color Guards will muster at the World War I monument.

Bells of Peace WWI Centennial (1918-2018). November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended hostilities in World War I.  In the war, 116,516 Americans died and over 200,000 were wounded. A 21-bell salute will toll at various locations in Cambridge to honor the fallen.

For the observance, CVO President, Phillip Anderson, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Vice Mayor Jan Devereux will give the City’s greetings and read the City Council’s Veterans’ Day Resolution. A CRLS Drama student will read the Governor’s Proclamation and a Music student will sing the National Anthem and lead the audience in the singing of God Bless America. Neil MacInnes-Barker, Director of Veterans’ Services, will deliver the keynote address.  In honor of all Cambridge veterans who have served our nation, a memorial wreath will be placed at the Veterans’ WWI monument. The ceremony will include a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace, followed by a “Rifle Salute” from the CVO’s Firing Detail, and the blowing of TAPS. Afterward, a luncheon will be held from 12-1 p.m. at American Legion Marsh Post #442, 5 Greenough Blvd., Cambridge. This event is open to the public.  A shuttle bus will transport interested persons from the American Legion Hall to the Town Hall and back.

Veterans’ Town Hall (1 p.m.), Sullivan Chamber, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave. 

Reception (1-1:30 p.m.)

Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony and WWI History Slide Show (1:30-2 p.m.)

Town Hall Meeting (2-3 p.m.); National Moment of Silence (3 p.m.)

Veterans Appreciation Week Schedule

Monday, Nov.12 Veteran Social Meetup, 730 Tavern, 730 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Veterans, their dependents, and survivors are invited to gather as a community and enjoy one free, non-alcoholic beverage and 50% off of appetizers during regular business hours.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 (10-11:30 a.m.) Pool Game and Complimentary Buffet

Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.

Enjoy an early game of pool and complimentary buffet with senior veterans at Citywide Senior Center.

Tuesday, Nov.13 (1-5:30 p.m.) Art Demonstration, Painting & Writing Activities 

Veterans Life & Recreation Center (VLRC), 51 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA

Kenneth Headley, Cambridge Veteran and local artist, will offer a demonstration of his wood burning and painting technique. Paul Brymer, Cambridge Veteran and local artist, will offer insight into his unique photography techniques. Have fun making your own painting with guest instructor, Kristopher Cere from Pop Up Paint Studios. Finally, from 4-5 p.m., join us for the kickoff of a six-week writers’ workshop, “Telling Our Stories, in Fiction and Memoir.”

Wednesday, Nov. 14 (1-4 p.m.) Acupuncture and Guided Meditation 

VLRC, 51 Inman St., 2nd Floor 

Members from Community Acupuncture will be on-hand to apply acupuncture.  Meditation guides from Meditation as Medicine will join us again this year to provide guided meditation sessions for veterans. This group has veterans on staff who are qualified to navigate individuals with PTS challenges through the meditation process.

Thursday, Nov. 15 (1-4 p.m.) Acupuncture and Guided Meditation

VLRC, 51 Inman St., 2nd Floor 

Our meditation guides and veteran acupuncturist will be back again.

Friday, Nov. 16 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) Buffet, Nutrition, and Fitness

VLRC, 51 Inman St., 2nd Floor

Enjoy a buffet of locally supplied food as we close out the week’s events. Fitness and nutrition specialists from Always Strong Fitness will be available for a free consultation.

For more information, contact the City’s Department of Veterans’ Services at 617-349-4760 or veterans@cambridgema.gov 

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