Veterans Day in Wayland Marked with Music and Memories [VIDEO]

Veterans and their families joined members of the community for Veterans Day activities in Wayland on Nov. 11, 2011.

Wayland's two-part Veterans Day ceremony began in the fellowship hall of at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

Veterans from World War I and World War II continuing on through every major military era in the United States since then rose to be recognized as their particular period of service was called.

The Ocean State Chorus was on hand to provide a cappella musical accompaniment for the days activities, singing songs such as The National Anthem, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and several others.

Maj. Kathleen Yancosek served as emcee for the indoor portion of the ceremony, welcoming World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor witness Gerald Haltermann to the state for an interview about his memories of Pearl Harbor.

Following Haltermann's interview, Chief Warrant Officer Michael Doe took the stage to talk about what it means to serve his country and how he was impacted when, 24 hours after returning from Afghanistan, his family home in Natick burned.

The indoor portion of the events ended with time for people to enjoy some cake and mingle with veterans and guests before heading into the blustery outdoors for a ceremony at the Wayland Town Building Veterans' Memorial. This ceremony recognized those Wayland men who have lost their lives serving their country as far back as the Revolutionary War.

Rep. Tom Conroy (D-Wayland) and Wayland Board of Selectmen Chair Tom Fay spoke at the outdoor ceremony.

Our video below offers images and sounds from the ceremonies. If you have photos of your own, please feel free to add those to this article.

Richard P Turner November 12, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Excellent Video there was a lot of logistical planning and work done by the public ceremonies committee and trinitarian church and George Bernard WHS 1970 and Richard Turner Vietnam Veteran and retired from the Navy and who serves as the Chairman of the public Ceremonies committee many thanks to the Wayland High Football Team and the Army Soilder Systems Center Natick Mass for their support and Mr Joesph Oneschuck Band director and Eric Halperin and Scott Becker for echo taps and the ocean state choris from Lincolin Rhode Island it will a day to remember


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