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UPDATED Nov. 9: Arlington's annual Veterans Day march was held Saturday, Nov. 11. Town officials invited the community to pay tribute to Arlington's veterans and their families for their military service. That day, both the Robbins and Fox libraries were closed, and no other closures or trash pick-up changes wee planned, town spokeswoman Joan Roman said.

All veterans were invited to join the march from Walgreens, at 324 Mass. Ave., to the Arlington Fire headquarters, 411 Mass. Ave. Marchers are to step off at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony after arriving to the headquarters at about 11 a.m. 

Many officials were scheduled to speak at the ceremony, with a welcome for the town's new director of veterans services, Col. Philip McGovern and The Boston Skyline Chorus sang.

Read more to see the entire planned program for this celebration:

The expected program is as follows:

  • Introduction of official party
  • National Anthem: Boston Skyline Chorus
  • Invocation: Father Charles Bourke
  • Bell-Tolling Ceremony: Bill Hayner, Fire Chief Kevin Kelley
  • Remarks: Bill Hayner, Veterans Council Chair
  • Guest Speakers: Town Manager Jim Feeney, Select Board Chair Eric Helmuth, state Rep. Dave Rogers, state Rep. Sean Garballey, state Sen. Cindy Friedman.
  • “Let Freedom Ring,” Boston Skyline Chorus
  • Letters to Our Veterans: Arlington Catholic High School Students
  • Remarks: Philip McGovern, veterans services officer
  • Benediction: Father Charles Bourke
  • “Hallelujah,” Boston Skyline Chorus
  • Closing Remarks: Col. Philip McGovern
  • Wreath-laying ceremony

This news announcement was published Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, based on information from the Town of Arlington. It was updated Nov. 8, to add information from Arlington Public Information Officer Joan Roman, and the same was true Nov. 9.