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November 11: Honoring Those Who Served in US Armed Forces

Nov 09, 2022 10:35PM ● By Virginia Dean
November 11, 2022, marks the 104th anniversary of World War I, which ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The anniversary of the end of the Great War is now recognized as Veterans Day, a day honoring men and women who have served in the US armed forces. Also known as Armistice Day, the holiday was made legal on May 13, 1938.

Veterans Day is a day to remember those who lost their lives for our country and thank all those who served honorably in the military—in wartime or peacetime. Under the VEVRAA, a veteran may be classified as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, active-duty wartime or campaign badge veteran, or armed forces service medal veteran. Service members must have served a minimum of 24 months of active duty to be considered a veteran.

In the Upper Valley, Vermont and New Hampshire provide resources to help veterans and their families. In Vermont, contact the Main Department of Veterans Affairs here. And in New Hampshire, get in touch with Veterans Services in Manchester here

Here is the list of Upper Valley Veterans Day ceremonies, in person and online, for 2022.

Veterans Day Flag Raising and Run in Hanover: November 11, 6:30 to 7:30am, Dartmouth Green, 1 East Wheelock Street. Join Jason Mosel, Marine Corps veteran, to raise the American flag on the Dartmouth Green in honor of Veterans Day and the late President Jim Wright. Five-mile optional run to follow. More information at dartmouth.edu/veterans/events.

In-Person and Online Veterans Day Ceremony in White River Junction: November 11, Veterans Memorial Brick Walkway, White River Junction VA Medical Center, 163 Veterans Drive. Lyme Town Band performs. A memorial wreath will be placed in front of the memorial at the VA Medical Center and taps will be played to honor those who have died. Stream via Facebook at VAWhiteRiverJunction, where more information about the event can be found.

Dedication of Veterans Memorials in Norwich: November 11, 12pm, outside Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street. American Legion Post 8 in Norwich will conduct a dedication of the town memorials marking the addition of 14 new names added this year. Seating is available. All are welcome. For more information, call (802) 296-3123.

Veterans Day Ceremony in South Royalton: November 11, 12:45 to 2pm, Debevoise Flagpole and Yates Common Room at Vermont Law and Graduate School, 164 Chelsea Street. Share photos and stories of VLGS community veterans. Attorney Donald Hayes will be speaking about his work with the veterans’ clinic, which helps veterans access benefits. For more information, email [email protected]

Veteran’s Day Weekend Sunday Breakfast at VFW Post 808 in Claremont: November 13, 9 to 11am, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 808, 150 Charlestown Road. Includes eggs, omelets made to order, hash browns, coffee, and a variety of other breakfast items. Proceeds benefit VFW’s Veterans Relief Fund. Registration is encouraged: [email protected]mail.com or (603) 542-9353. Veterans eat free; $5 for guests. More information on Facebook at ClaremontNHVFW.

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